• Ask the Experts: Bothersome rabbits, mums and schefflera

    How do I prevent rabbits from damaging trees and shrubs in winter?  
    The most effective way to prevent rabbit damage to trees and shrubs in the home landscape is to place chicken wire fencing or hardware cloth around vulnerable plants.
    To adequately protect plants, the fencing material needs to be high enough that rabbits won’t be able to climb or reach over the fence after a heavy snow.

  • Meetings to update ag chemical dealers

    AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension field agronomists are coordinating one-day meetings to provide ag chemical dealers with updates on the latest crop production products and recommendations.
    Meetings will be held at three locations during December – Ames, Iowa City and Storm Lake; times, agenda and Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits vary.

  • Extension hotlines available to all Iowans 24-hours a day

    URBANDALE — Iowa teens with questions about eating disorders, problem gamblers seeking help breaking the gambling habit, victims of summer flooding and families struggling with their finances can call hotlines 24 hours a day for confidential, free help.
    Hotlines available through Iowa State University Extension make one-on-one assistance for almost any issue a simple phone call away.

  • Farm Bureau holds safety poster contest

    Montgomery County Farm Bureau hosted a safety poster contest for Stanton third-grade students in Terri Vennerberg’s classroom.

    Using their artistic abilities, the children were asked to create a poster that taught a safety lesson on the farm or at home.  It was held in honor of National Farm Safety Week.  The class studied safety lessons during this time.

  • Wanted: Quality Beef Producers

    AMES – Quality beef begins with quality care. The Iowa Beef Industry Council wants to recognize beef producers who diligently care for and properly handle cattle in order to provide consumers with safe and wholesome beef. Applications for the 2010 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award are now being accepted.

  • Montgomery County to celebrate 4-H week in Iowa

    Gov. Chet Culver has officially proclaimed Oct. 3-9, 2010, as 4-H Week in Iowa. The proclamation ties in with National 4-H Week activities in the state and throughout the country.
    The theme for National 4-H Week is “Taking the Lead.”
    “Governor Culver’s proclamation  is a great honor for Iowa 4-H,” said Chuck Morris, director of the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program.
    4-H helps young people become competent, confident, connected, contributing, caring, citizens with character, Morris said.

  • Important update for farmers who supplied grain to VeraSun

    AMES, Iowa — On Sept. 30, attorneys for the New-York based law firms, Kelley Drye & Warren and Silverman Acampora, notified several corn producers and their attorneys in Iowa and across the Midwest that they are withdrawing de-mands for preference claims against a number of producers in the VeraSun Bankruptcy proceeding.

  • What just crawled in the door?

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was written by Rich Pope, Harrison County Extension Coordinator
    Last week has been filled with great days with outstanding and enjoyable weather.  Crops in the field are drying down and harvest is underway.  But whether you live in the country or dwell in town one thing is common—there are “friends” who are trying to join us inside!

  • Red Oak hosting PQA Plus training session

    RED OAK—  Mont-gomery County Exten-sion is providing training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQAPlus®) program. 

    A training session of the program has been set for Nov. 3rd in Montgomery County.

    The session will take place at the Montgomery County Extension Office, 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, in Red Oak.

    The PQAPlus® session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for the session.

  • Warnings issued after rage of manure pit fires, explosions

    AMES — Several manure pit fires and explosions were documented in Iowa last year.

    Not all of these incidents happened during agitation and pumping; nor did all of the pits have foam present when the fires or explosions happened.

    Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineers say these episodes highlight the caution needed when agitating and pumping manure from pits beneath buildings.