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Terry Tuttle has been appointed superintendent of the Iowa State University Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland.

Brian Sampson, a Story County farmer, will discuss his transition to strip-tillage and addition cover crops as well as his experience with the conservation planning process with the NRCS and Iowa Learning Farms. Iowa State specialists are also on the agenda.
 

A highly destructive beetle that targets and kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Decatur County. EAB was first discovered in Iowa in 2010. Now 53 counties in Iowa have been confirmed with the presence of EAB.

With hard freezes and continuing freezing overnight temperatures now the norm, most garden crops have been harvested. But a few root crops remain, and with good reason. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about the right time to harvest and properly store root crops.

The field day will feature a panel of Montgomery County cover crop farmers including Gary Johnson, Mike Johnson, Mark Peterson, Dave Robinette and Kent Swanson.

Sheep producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a field day featuring ewes and cover crops on Nov. 28 in Plymouth County.

The design and layout of new practices currently being considered for water quality improvements of farmland drainage will be the focus of a workshop scheduled for Dec. 14 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on bioreactors Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon, featuring Laura Christianson from the University of Illinois.

Registration is available for a short course on advanced grain elevator operations management. The course, presented by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, will be Jan. 8-12, 2018, at Iowa State University.

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost here. One of the best parts of the season is enjoying colorful seasonal holiday plants like amaryllis. What is the best way to force amaryllis indoors?

Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to attend Beef Blast at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa to learn about working with beef cattle.

Manure can be a valuable commodity on a farm, and ISU Extension and Outreach publications are resources farmers can use to make informed decisions about manure applications.

As the holiday season quickly approaches, holiday stressors tend to sneak up as well, says Dawn Dunnegan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She offers tips for taking control of time and money commitments during the holidays.

Winneshiek County farmer Jake Groth will share experiences related to transitioning to no-till and adding cover crops to the management of his family farm during the Nov. 21 field day at the Winneshiek County NRCS office.

Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars will provide agribusiness leaders a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications. Participants also will receive an overview of the agricultural industry and learn how changes may affect Iowa producers.

There’s still time for beef producers to become certified or to update their Beef Quality Assurance certification. Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, has two northwest Iowa workshops planned for late November.

The Women in Ag Leadership Conference will be held Nov. 27-28 at the Iowa State Center – Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa. The conference begins with leadership workshops Monday evening and a full agenda covering many leadership topics.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a cover crop field day Nov.16, hosted by Ben and Andy Johnson, rural Floyd. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a pair of publications designed to provide information and guidance for anyone thinking of constructing his or her own aquaponics system.