August 11, 2017

Horticulture Research Station 50th Anniversary

The ISU Research and Demonstration Farms and the Department of Horticulture will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Horticulture Research Station on Saturday, September 16 from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Events will include farm tours, apple demonstrations, kid’s games, and a special program hosted by Horticulture Department Chair Jeff Iles and Iowa Public Radio’s Charity Nebbe.  The anniversary celebration is open and free to the public.

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update – August 11, 2017

Cucumber anthracnose symptoms (top) and signs (bottom)

The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Visit the PIDC's Facebook page for updates and more pictures. For more information on a particular disease or insect problem listed, follow the article cited.

Harvesting and Storing Pears

In order to obtain the highest quality fruit, pears must be harvested at the proper stage of maturity.  Once harvested, proper storage is necessary to maximize storage life. 

European Pears

Finding Local Help for Wildlife Conservation and Conflicts

A new online resource on the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach wildlife website helps home and property owners find local experts to answer questions about wildlife in each county in the state. The searchable application indexes local professionals and organizations that can help people with everything from orphaned animals, to bats in the attic, to forest restoration.

Consulting Arborists and Alternatives to Ash Trees in the Landscape

Three new publications have been released to help Iowans make decisions concerning management of emerald ash borer and suggested trees to replace ash trees in your landscape.

“Consulting Arborists Providing Service in Iowa” (FOR 366B) lists people and companies who possess certifications in arboriculture from the International Society of Arboriculture and can advise on tree care, treatment and replacement.

Protect Pollinator Stamps from USPS

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Successfully Growing Grapes in Iowa

Grapes can be successfully grown in an Iowa backyard garden or a vineyard, but obstacles like insects and knowing the proper harvest time can keep them from reaching their full potential.  Learn more about growing grapes in the Iowa State University Yard and Garden news release from August 9, 2017.

Harvesting Tree Fruits

Apricots, peaches and plums. Oh my!  Proper harvesting of commonly grown tree fruits goes a long way in enjoying fresh fruit during the growing season or preserving surplus fruit by freezing, canning, drying, or making preserves, juice, or wine.  Learn more about harvesting tree fruits in the Iowa State University Yard and Garden news release from August 3, 2017.