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May 3, 2016

Food safety procedures for water safety, cleaning produce and handling practices

Thursday, June 30 - 3-5 p.m. at the One Step at a Time Gardens
(1465 120th Street) near Kanawha, Iowa.

Topics inlcude

  • Water testing for cleaning produce as well as sanitizers
  • Packaging and temperature

Free but registration is appreciated by contacting Linda Naeve at 515-294-8946 or through email at

Field Day flier.pdf

March 5, 2016

Link to recorded video conference and handouts plus Calculating Growing Degree days how-to and excel file.

September 24, 2015

ISU has the resources you need to make smart cover crop decisions in specialty crops

Cover Crops Field Guide

Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems

September 24, 2015

Summer seasonal pests have emerged including squash bugs and stink bugs.  However, for the most part, population numbers are fairly low compared to other years.  For squash bugs, controlling nymphs early, often, and with the right product is the key to managing their populations.  Nymphs, just after hatch, are susceptible to insecticides but as they mature they grow out of their insecticide susceptibility.  Economic thresholds are at least one egg mass per plant.  When scouting, look for reddish/bronze colored eggs on the underside of cucurbit leaves.  Products

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