CLAYTON COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE CALENDAR – March 6, 2014
13 Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 7:30 p.m., FreedomBank, Elkader
16 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction, 9:00 a.m., Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader
17 4-H Livestock Judging Informational Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Elkader
20 Regional Youth Development Committee Retreat, 6:30 p.m., NE Iowa Dairy Center, Calmar
Final 2014 Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Course Set for March 13th
Clayton County will offer the last 2014 session of the Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification course for pesticide applicators on Thursday, March 13th.
The local attendance site is FreedomBank in Elkader. Registration begins at 7:00 p.m., and the course runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration is $20. To obtain additional information about the recertification course, contact Rita Severson at the Clayton County Extension office by phoning 563-245-1451.
The course will provide continuing instructional credit for private pesticide applicators.
4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction to be Held March 16th
The annual 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction will be Sunday, March 16th at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. Serving will be from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This annual event is sponsored by the 4-H County Council & Extension Youth Committee.
The menu includes egg omelets with your choice of ham, cheese, mushroom, green pepper, or onion. Toast, blueberry muffins, fruit, applesauce, orange juice, milk & coffee will also be served. Tickets are $7 (children under 4 are free) and are available at the Clayton County Extension Office or at the door.
Proceeds will be used to maintain & promote 4-H & Youth activities in Clayton County.
Cooking With Dairy Products Contest
The Clayton County Dairy Promotion Committee is sponsoring a Dairy Spotlight featuring items made with dairy products. Judging will be held Saturday, April 5th at Freedom Bank in Elkader, doors open at 10 a.m., judging begins at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow and awards at 12:30 p.m.
Please have food prepared at home as limited facilities are available, you will need to bring your own serving utensils and enough food for 35 people to sample (not 35 full servings), and you will need to provide 3 regular sized servings for judging. Paper plates, napkins, and beverages will be provided.
Entries are due March 21st to the Clayton County Extension Office, PO Box 357, Elkader, IA 52043. Please submit recipe, category entering, and age division, along with name and contact information. Limit is 1 entry per category per person, maximum of 2 entries per person, total.
Categories are Snacks/Appetizers/Drinks; Desserts/Cookies/Bars/Candies; Salads/Sides/Breads and
Main Dishes. Divisions are Junior (Ages 5-12), Senior (Ages13-18) and Adult.
Your entry must contain at least one or a combination equivalent to the following: 2 cups milk, 1 cup buttermilk, 3 oz. cream cheese, ½ cup butter, 1 cup cottage cheese, 4 oz. natural cheese, 1 pint ice cream or frozen yogurt, 1 cup sweet acidophilus milk, ½ cup dried milk, 1 cup sour cream, ½ cup sweetened condensed or evaporated milk,1 cup yogurt, 1 cup half & half, 1 cup of cream, or 1 cup of eggnog.
Plants Affected by Frigid Temperatures
Winter can be tough on Iowa’s trees and shrubs. Low temperatures, rapid temperature changes, winter desiccation and the weight of ice and snow can damage vulnerable trees and shrubs. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer homeowner questions about the effect this winter’s frigid temperatures on landscape plants.
Effects on Fruit Trees
The cold temperatures may have damaged peach and sweet cherry trees. Peach trees are not reliably cold hardy in much of Iowa. Temperatures below -18 F will destroy the flower buds on peach trees.
Temperatures of -25 F or below may damage or destroy the peach trees themselves. The flower buds on sweet cherries are slightly more cold-hardy than those on peaches. The flower buds on some sweet cherry cultivars can survive temperatures of -20 F.
Iowa gardeners should expect poor crops on peaches and sweet cherries this summer. It also is possible
that the trees themselves may have been damaged. Damage may vary from dieback of twigs and branches to complete death. On a brighter note, the cold winter temperatures should not have damaged apples, pears and sour (tart) cherries.
Effects on Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs that are native to Iowa (or similar regions of the world) are well adapted to our climate and should have suffered little or no damage. However, marginally hardy plants, such as Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) and Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata) may have sustained damage. (The maximum cold hardiness of most Japanese maple, flowering dogwood and Japanese flowering cherry cultivars is -20 F.) Damage may vary from the dieback of twigs and branches to complete death of the tree.
This winter’s cold temperatures also may have destroyed the flower buds on flowering quince (Chaenomeles spp.) and some forsythia cultivars. Temperatures of -20 F or below likely destroyed the flower buds on flowering quince and ‘Lynwood Gold’ and ‘Spring Glory’ (two popular forsythia cultivars). As a result, these shrubs likely will produce few, if any, flowers in spring. Fortunately, the cold temperatures should not have any long term effects on the shrubs. The leaf buds on flowering quince and forsythia are hardier than their flower buds. The shrubs should leaf out normally in spring.
This winter’s cold temperatures should have little impact on the flowering of forsythia cultivars ‘Meadowlark’ and ‘Northern Sun.’ The flower buds of ‘Meadowlark and ‘Northern Sun’ can tolerate temperatures to -30 F.
This winter’s prolonged period of snow cover has deprived deer of food on the ground. As a result, deer have been feeding on trees and shrubs in woodlands, windbreaks and home landscapes. Among evergreens, arborvitae and yews are most susceptible to browsing by deer in winter.
The extent of damage to the lower portions of the arborvitae will be determined by the presence or absence of buds (growing points). If buds are present, the lower branches will produce new growth in spring. The new growth should be apparent by early summer. The lower portions of the arborvitae will remain bare and likely never develop new growth if no buds are present.
The ISU Extension Hortline helps homeowners to answer their yard and garden questions. Contact the Hortline at 515-294-3108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISU Releases New Feedlot Monitoring Software
The Iowa Beef Center is releasing a newly revised version of their Feedlot Monitoring Software in 2014. The ISU Feedlot and Cost Monitoring Software was initially created in 1982 and has been used by cattle feeders to track costs, profits and performance since. The software continues to reflect the philosophy that feeders need to objectively measure, monitor and react to changes based on existing and past livestock and financial performance.
“This software provides an affordable means to compile cattle feeding financial and performance information and to assist in the interpretation of what is occurring,” says Dr. Garland Dahlke, the programs author.
The updated version allows for the same feed to beef focus as previous versions, including feeding period summaries, projections, closeouts, itemized account records and custom feeding invoice statements. A major change in the revised version is to allow for individual animal monitoring and projections as is necessary for heifer and bull development. Along with this feature, animal health issues have a greater focus with the new release giving an opportunity to track drug inventories and allow processing and treatment protocols to be imported. Cost and income channels are more flexible in terms of defining and recording the production inputs and outputs being tracked. Environmental documentation dealing with nutrient excretion, weather and manure logistics are incorporated to meet current reporting requirements. Finally, the renewed interest in benchmarking has been addressed with the ease of compiling and reporting closeout data via the internet.
Access to the new Feedlot Monitor software is possible by contacting the Iowa Beef Center at 515 294 2333. Cost is $600 for new users and $200 for existing users to upgrade. An information and training program is planned for northeast Iowa on :
Friday, March 28, 1:00-4:00 pm, Buchanan County Extension Office, Independence
Space is limited so contact Denise Schwab at 319-472-4739 or email@example.com to register and reserve your space. There is no charge to attend. Participants may buy and install the program on their own laptop computer, or try a demonstration with the Beef Center‘s computer lab at this time.
Look for information, demonstrations, troubleshooting guides and program add-ons to appear on the Iowa Beef Center website (iowabeefcenter.org). For more information on the revised software contact Dr. Garland Dahlke at 515 294 9910, or check out the informational page at http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/software_software_feedlot.html