• Ask the Experts: Raspberries, azaleas, tulips

    What is the proper way to prune fall-bearing red raspberries in early spring?

    Popular fall-bearing red raspberry varieties include ‘Heritage,’ ‘Redwing,’ ‘Caroline,’ and ‘Autumn Bliss.’

    Fall-bearing red raspberries naturally produce two crops. One crop is produced in summer on the previous year’s growth; a second crop is produced in late summer or early fall at the tips of the current year’s growth.

  • Gypsy moth management information meetings scheduled in Northeast Iowa

    AMES — The Iowa Gypsy Moth Management Team will be holding informational meetings in northeastern Iowa in March to discuss gypsy moth management actions for summer 2011. The meetings are free and open to the public.

    The European gypsy moth, a well-known pest of trees, has been in the eastern United States for more than 150 years. Iowa has monitored the westward expansion of the gypsy moth since 1970 using pheromone traps.

  • Cornbelt Cow-Calf conference celebrating 40th anniversary

    OTTUMWA — The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers has a big event planned next month and everyone is invited.
    The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) will celebrate its 40th anniversary of providing timely, accurate and important information to the beef cattle industry.
    The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) has moved its annual convention and trade show to the same date and location this year to help publicly recognize the importance of this event.

  • Spencer chef wins 24th annual Iowa pork taste contest

    CLIVE — Chef Jeremy Neppl of La Chiesa in Spencer was named Chef Par Excellence in the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 24th annual Taste of Ele-gance competition Jan. 24 in Des Moines.

    The Taste of Elegance is a Pork Checkoff-funded culinary competition designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork. This event brings together 12 talented chefs from across Iowa for an elegant occasion that highlights pork and its popularity as a menu favorite.

  • Research and ISU Extension Outreach will benefit vegetable growers

    AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researcher Kathleen Delate is examining which organic vegetable growing practices are best for the soil, water, yields and even nutrition.

    Delate, an ISU Extension organic crops specialist, is undertaking perhaps the most comprehensive study of organic vegetable-growing practices by looking at the use of cover crops, manure, tillage and mulch.

    “We are measuring a lot of things,” said Delate, extension specialist and professor of horticulture and agronomy in organic agriculture.

  • Corning hosting pasture management update

    AMES—Cow and calf producers interested in learning the latest pasture management recommendations have the opportunity to attend the 2011 Pasture Management Update on Jan. 27. 

    The seminar will take place at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Corning from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Speakers from Iowa State University  and ISU Extension, the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State and Dow AgroSciences will share their expertise on subjects ranging from weed management and hay quality to pasture lease agreements and the fence law.

  • Monsanto gives $15K to Iowa 4-H

    AMES – The Iowa 4-H Foundation has received $15,300 from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to support the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa April 1–2, on the Iowa State University campus.

  • Ask the Experts: Seedlings starts indoors

    Will a fluorescent light fixture provide sufficient light for seedlings? 

    A standard fluorescent shop fixture containing two 40-watt tubes will provide sufficient light to grow seedlings indoors. For best results, place one cool white and one warm white tube in each fixture. Place the fluorescent lights no more than four to six inches above the seedlings. The lights should be on for 12 to 14 hours each day. 

    What type of germination medium should I use to start seedlings indoors? 

  • Iowa women farmers have chance to help counterparts in Uganda

    AMES — Iowa women farmers have a rare opportunity to help women farmers in Uganda by volunteering to work with Iowa State University’s Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), ISU Extension and VEDCO – Volunteer Efforts for Developmental Concerns, a Ugandan non-government organization.

    Volunteers will spend about two weeks in Kamuli District working directly with smallholder farmers. They will share knowledge, experience and market bases, and demonstrate ways to enhance nutrition.

  • Extension Center awarded Iowa Vitality Award

    AMES — The Iowa Area Development Group, on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives and member municipal electric systems, has honored eight distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award.