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Agriculture

  • Ask the Experts: Bee balm care, needs

    AMES — Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the red, white, pink, lilac and purple bee balm tubular flowers. Deadheading these late spring or early summer bloomers will encourage repeat blooms. Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer bee balm questions this week. 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.

    What are the site requirements for bee balms?

  • Environmentally friendly lawn care to be discussed

    RED OAK — Environmentally friendly lawn care will be the focus of the June Master Gardner Meeting at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Red Oak.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, and is open to everyone.

    There is no charge to attend the meeting, which is sponsored by the Montgomery Co. Master Gardners.

  • Ask the Experts: Proper use of mulch

    Mulches are commonly used to enhance the beauty of landscapes, suppress weeds, conserve soil moisture and buffer plants from the damaging effects of traffic and lawn equipment.
    Organic mulches also can improve the soil structure and increase the fertility of landscape soils, which often are compacted and lacking in organic matter, especially around newly constructed buildings.

    Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer mulch questions this week.

  • Burkhiser retiring after 35 years in soil conservation; open house July 2 from 1-4 p.m.

    RED OAK — Tom Burkhiser, District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Red Oak will retire July 3 after 35 years of service in soil and water conservation.  

    He has spent the last 26.5 years at the Red Oak Field Office.  

    Burkhiser began his career in Shenandoah as a district employee before working as a Soil Conservationist in Corning and then as District Conservationist in both Grundy Center and Marshalltown.

  • 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.