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Agriculture

  • Ask the Experts: Growing strawberries

    Strawberries are the fruit of choice for home gardeners with limited space for fruit production.  Strawberries and raspberries give greater returns for the labor involved than any other fruit, and can be grown throughout Iowa with proper winter protection. Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have answers to questions about strawberry pests and diseases. To have additional gardening questions answered, contact the specialists by calling or emailing the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

  • Crop scouting cards now available

    AMES — Farmers and crop scouts can identify and keep track of soybean and corn field problems throughout the season by using a new series of field crop scouting cards. The cards were produced by the Iowa State University  Integrated Pest Management program with support from the Iowa Soybean Association.

  • Ask the Experts: Lawn care over the summer

    Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about summer lawn care. To have additional gardening questions answered contact the specialists at the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    What’s the correct mowing height for a lawn in summer?

    Kentucky bluegrass and other cool-season grasses thrive in the cool weather of spring and fall. Hot, dry conditions in summer are stressful for cool-season grasses.

  • USDA releases CRP sign-up results

  • Red Oak FFA has busy month in April

    The Red Oak FFA Chapter had a busy end to the month of April.

    Many activities were planned and attended such as ACRES Day, Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, and the Red Oak FFA Banquet.

    ACRES Day (Ag Careers Reaching Elementary Students) was held April 20 and was an event planned by the Ag Ed 2 class students in conjunction with the Inman First Grade staff.

  • Ask the Experts: Caring for peonies

    The garden peony is a popular, long-lived perennial that provides abundant flowers in spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing season. If given a good site and proper care, an established peony will flower for many years. Common peony questions are answered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists.

    To have additional gardening questions answered contact the specialists by calling or emailing the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

  • 2012 Beef Producer tour scheduled July 16-18

    CHARITON – Iowa beef producers and others interested in a three-day, three-state beef production bus tour should mark their calendars for July 16-18. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers is working with Iowa agribusinesses to plan and host the trip.

  • Greenhorn Grazing begins season

    CHARITON— Beef producers interested in learning how to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources will want to consider attending the popular southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers is organizing this series, which consists of five day-long modules set for May through November. The program brochure is available on the IBC website.

  • New publication helps farmers evaluate low-temp grain drying options

    AMES – Proper management of low-temperature grain drying equipment can reduce the energy consumed on the farm during and after corn harvest. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains the management techniques and equipment needs for low-temperature grain drying.

    “Energy Considerations for Low-temperature Grain Drying” (PM 2089U) is available to download from the Extension Online Store, https://store.extension.iastate.edu/.

  • Farmland rental rates show continued strength

    AMES —  Anyone who is involved with the rental market for Iowa farmland knows that rental rates have been pushed significantly higher by the favorable corn and soybean prices farmers have enjoyed since 2010. This trend continued in 2012.

    Results from the most recent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach rental rate survey estimated the 2012 average cash rent for Iowa corn and soybean land at $252 per acre, an increase of $38 per acre or 18 percent from last year.