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Updated: 2017-05-29T02:35:34Z


Organic Agriculture Grows in Iowa


Farmers looking to transition to organic production need specialized training that can be provided through an Iowa State University course titled Transitioning to Organic Agriculture. The 16-week course was taught during the Spring 2017 semester by Kathleen Delate, professor and extension organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy.

Field Days to Help Participants Improve Profit and Water Quality


Farmers and their consultants can learn how to improve both farm profits and water quality at a series of field days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach during Nitrogen and Water Week June 27-29.


Yard and Garden: Handling and Harvesting Strawberry Plantings


Fresh strawberries are easy to grow and a favorite of many across Iowa, but growers can still encounter issues caused by weather conditions or connected to a timely harvest.


Master Gardeners Offer Three Growing Season Webcasts


The Iowa Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about urban tree selection, gardening with youth and landscaping for wildlife.


Monarch Butterfly and Wetland Field Day June 14 near Story City


A monarch butterfly and wetland field day will be held Wednesday, June 14 at a CREP wetland near Story City.


Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day June 13 near Webster City


Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Prairie Rivers of Iowa, will host a cover crop and soil health field day Tuesday, June 13. The 5-7 p.m. field day will be held at the Larry Haren farm, rural Webster City.

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Prairie Rivers of Iowa, will host a cover crop and soil health field day Tuesday, June 13. The 5-7 p.m. field day will be held at the Larry Haren farm, rural Webster City. The field day is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Hamilton County farmer Larry Haren has implemented a wide variety of conservation practices over the past 15 years including no-till, oxbows, a bioreactor, grassed waterways and cover crops. Since 2012, Haren has been using cover crops to promote soil biology and also is harvesting winter cereal rye for cover crop seed. Haren will share his experiences and challenges of growing cover crops and keeping the soil, nitrates and phosphorus on his land.

Also speaking at the field day is Rick Cruse, professor of agronomy at Iowa State University. He will share updates from the Iowa Daily Erosion Project and discuss the importance of soil health. Liz Juchems, events coordinator for Iowa Learning Farms, will lead a discussion on cover crop species selection, seeding techniques and termination considerations. Karen Wilke, Boone River Watershed Project Coordinator, will lead a discussion on oxbow restoration and Kayla Hasper, watershed coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa, will provide information on the watershed project and opportunities to get involved.  

The field day will be held at the Haren Farm, 1387 Kendall Young Rd., Webster City. From Webster City, go east on 2nd Street (County Road D25). Turn north on Kantor Avenue for 0.8 miles. Turn left, go west on Kendall Young Rd for 0.4 miles. The farm is on the north side of the road.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email

For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to strengthening Iowa's communities through the responsible stewardship of our natural resources.   Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s programs help Iowans conserve our state’s natural and historical resources to enrich the lives of current and future generations. 


Henry County Sets PQA and TQA Producer Sessions for June 6


Southeast Iowa producers who need PQAPlus or TQA certification soon should consider sessions set for June 6 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Henry County office.


Iowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow


Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.


Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.


Iowa Youth Invited to Iowa State University for Conference


Approximately 1,000 teens are expected to converge on the Iowa State University campus for three days this summer to investigate their passions and interests, career opportunities, what 4-H offers and what it's like to go to college.