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The persistent hot weather in many areas of the country this growing season may be conducive to the development of charcoal rot disease in soybean. Farmers, agronomists, crop consultants and specialists are encouraged to scout for this particular disease now.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District, will hold a two stop pasture walk field day on Thursday, Aug. 3. The 5-8 p.m. field day is hosted by Kurt Rowan and Paul Ackley, rural Bedford. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

With hot, dry summer weather prevailing over much of Iowa, rain has been at a premium for many lawns. That brings up an important question: is it necessary to water lawns during such weather conditions? And if so, how much?

Three new projects from Iowa State University will bring human sciences research to Black Hawk, Polk and Jefferson counties through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program. University researchers will partner directly with these county extension councils on projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.

Farmers, agronomists, crop consultants and specialists now have a place to collectively document and track corn and soybean diseases this growing season. This social media effort is part of the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Education and Extension (iPiPE). The hope is to use tweets of crop disease photos from around the country for future disease tracking and prevention purposes.
 

The design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School scheduled for Aug. 22-24 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua, Iowa.

Since its inception in 1979, ISU Extension and Outreach's Ag Decision Maker has become a valuable tool in helping farmers better understand all the business aspects of their operation.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop, saturated buffer, soil health and more field day 6-8:30 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Lee Tesdell’s farm, rural Slater. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

The “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course” will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in a variety of areas, along with sessions at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada. The program is Aug. 8-10 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames.

A three-day late summer bus tour -- the Cow Caravan -- features some of Iowa’s successful grazing and confinement cow operations. The Aug. 29-31 tour is a component of the Iowa Beef Center’s Cow Systems Project, created to evaluate management practices among operations ranging from extensive grazing systems to year-round confinement.
 

The 2017 field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm will provide updates on grazing and cover crops, including a pasture tour spotlighting weed control techniques and planning for stockpiled grazing. The Aug. 2 event also will provide the latest in selected beef cattle research projects and specific results on the farm cattle.
 

The wildlife program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a new application to help Iowans find local contacts to help provide answers. The online application  consolidates contact information for natural resource professionals in all corners of the state.

This summer, Japanese beetles have made their presence known in many parts of Iowa, emerging in mid-June to eat the foliage, fruits and flowers of many different types of plants. It's common to find a horde of a dozen or more beetles at a time. That’s concerning, but how can foliage be protected?

The annual Van Buren County Pasture Walk, which begins at 5:30 p.m., is set for Aug. 1 and will be hosted by Sid and Sparky Wellman.

Before checking if the furniture fits, anyone looking to buy that first home needs to know if the budget fits. “A Place of Your Own,” from ISU Extension and Outreach, is an online course that provides consumers with decision making tools on whether now is a good time to buy a home.

Information of interest to farmers in northwest Iowa will be presented July 12 at a field day at the Iowa State University Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland.

A positive perspective and some advance planning can help parents make a smooth transition from a full house to an empty nest, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Eastern Iowa beef producers are invited to learn about the process of completing the BQA Feedyard Assessment at one of three July field days offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of six field days this summer at demonstration gardens across the state. The field days are free and open to the public.