• Registration deadline approaching for annual I-29 dairy conference

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – David Okerlund and a top-notch slate of dairy industry experts will focus on sustainability and industry perspective topics at the eighth annual I-29 Dairy Conference.

    The 2013 I-29 Dairy Conference will be Feb. 27 and 28 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D. Producers should complete the online registration form at http://igrow.org/events/i-29-dairy-conference by Feb. 18, however registration will be accepted at the door. The event is coordinated by extension dairy specialists from the five states in the I-29 corridor.

  • Commercial ag weed, insect plant disease course set for Feb. 13

    RED OAK — Montgomery County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Feb. 13.

    The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program.

    The local attendance site is Montgomery County Extension. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9-11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 6 and $45 after Feb. 6.

  • #5: SW Iowa faces worst drought in almost six decades

    Persistently dry weather during the summer months plagued crops and livestock in Montgomery County and across the midwest, threatening food and ethanol supplies and fueling fears of higher costs to those commodities.

    Red Oak received just .58 inches of rain by mid-August, according to weather data provided by the USDA Farm Service Agency. It received 1.02 inches in July and 6.4 inches in June — well below monthly averages.

  • County Extension celebrates 100th anniversary

    The Montgomery County Extension celebrated their 100th anniversary with a Chamber Coffee Wednesday at the Gold Fair Building.

  • County Extension celebrates 100 years

    by Beth Beeson
    Special to the Red Oak Express

    “People Advancing People” is not a motto that just began with the hiring of Cathann Kress, Vice President of Extension and Outreach, it officially began in Montgomery County in 1912 but was in progress for years before that.  Extension in Montgomery County has played a vital role in the history of this rural farming community and the leaders within this county have implemented great events, learning opportunities and educational presentations that have improved the life of the residents of their county.

  • Five running for four Extension Council seats

    Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Montgomery County Extension Council from a slate of five candidates at the Nov. 6 general election.

    “The council members elected this year will be involved in bringing educational opportunities to Montgomery County for the next four years,” Alan Ladd, Regional Extension Education Director said. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Montgomery County educational programming is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Cover crop management field day taking place Oct. 30 near Emerson

    EMERSON — Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will co-host a field day at the McGrew farm near Emerson, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch. The public is invited to attend.

  • Sticklands inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at State Fair

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was submitted by the Montgomery County Iowa State Extension Office.

    Lee and LaVern Strickland of Montgomery County, were inducted into the 2012 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 19.

  • Big Eats
  • Ask the Experts: Seeding Lawns

    AMES — Choosing the right grass species is the first step in establishing or reestablishing a lawn. Horticulturalists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about establishing turfgrass. To have additional plant and garden questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    When is the best time to sow grass seed in Iowa?