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Agriculture

  • 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?

  • Montgomery County takes home fair wins

    4-H Breeding Beef

    Kara Gillespie, Nodaway, won a blue ribbon in the Shorthorn; Connor Hultman, Red Oak, won a blue ribbon in Chianina.

    4-H Market Beef

    Kara Gillespie, Nodaway, won a blue ribbon in Crossbred Steers; Hayden VanMeter, Emerson, won a blue ribbon in Maine-Anjou Steers.

    4-H Derby Swine

    Kylee Johnson, Stanton, won a blue ribbon in Crossbred Derby Barrows-Heavy weight.

    4-H Market Swine

  • State cost share funds available for cover crops

    DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey  announced the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has filed an emergency rule change that includes cover crops as an eligible practice under the Iowa Financial Incentives Program (IFIP), which is commonly called cost share.  Cost sharing assistance is limited to $25 per acre for the establishment of the cover crop.

  • Drought remains severe despite heavy rain

    MOLLY SKYLES
    Assistant Editor

    Despite the 5.25 inches of rain that hit Montgomery County last weekend, the drought remains an agricultural and economical concern.

    Aaron Saeugling, the Iowa State crop specialist for the tri-county area, said corn is too far along for the rain to be of much help, but it was beneficial to soybeans and especially subsoil moisture.