Research News Releases

Late-season Field Days Scheduled at Iowa State University Research Farms

August 20th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — The late-summer field days at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms beginning Aug. 28 will deal with crop production issues as harvest approaches. The field days are...

ISU, University of Kentucky to Lead New Arthropod Management Research Center

August 9th, 2013
AMES, Iowa —  The National Science Foundation has funded an industry-university cooperative research center that will explore new strategies for managing insect pests that devastate crops and harm human health. Led by Iowa State University and...

Field day at Iowa State University Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm on Aug. 30

August 7th, 2013
Ames, Iowa — A field day will be held on Aug. 30, hosted by the Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, rural Boone, from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch...

Fighting Nature, with Nature

August 1st, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga Don’t you get bothered by mosquitoes and other bugs crawling around on your legs and food when you’re outside enjoying nature? Isn’t all the repellent you have to use to keep them away even more bothersome, and to know that it...

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Jefferson County, Iowa

August 1st, 2013
DES MOINES – Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Fairfield in Jefferson County, making this the third location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. Allamakee County was declared...

ISU Coordinates STEM Grant to Certify Teachers in Agricultural Education Curriculum

July 31st, 2013
AMES, Iowa— This summer nearly 80 Iowa agriculture teachers will be certified to help students advance in math and science with the leadership of Michael Retallick, Iowa State University agricultural education and studies associate professor....

No Bees, No Honey, No Crops? Not Funny

July 26th, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga Where are all the honeybees? They’re dying off? Wait, they’ve been dying off for years now? Why? These were just some of the many questions running through my head when I went out to speak with Mara Cuebas, part of the...

The Drumming … Wasp?

July 26th, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga Wasps. Many run in fear and avoid these insects at all costs. What do they do for us? Anything? Do they make honey or wax like bees? One thing wasps do is act like natural pest control. At least one species of wasp preys on...

Save the Soybeans!

July 26th, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga What do five students from Tuskegee University, spending the summer at Iowa State University have in common? They are George Washington Carver (GWC) interns, working in associate professor of agronomy Madan Bhattacharyya’s...

The World’s Fourth Largest Killer

July 25th, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga A cure for HIV: could we someday arrive at that day? In the meantime, I’ve seen the day where scientists are working hard to get the next best thing, a vaccine. I spoke with Susanna Huggenberger (Suzie for short) an...

Grounded

July 24th, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga What’s in the ground we stand upon? Maybe you thought about it while playing in the mud when you were younger. Maybe you thought about what was involved in making the soil before you showed up. What if you were offered the...

Aug. 1 Field Day Brings Turfgrass Specialists to Iowa State University Research Station

July 24th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — Turfgrass specialists who work with golf courses, athletic fields and lawn care services will meet at 8 a.m. Aug. 1 for an annual field day at the Iowa State University Horticulture...

Media Advisory: The Science and Practice of Farming Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine

July 24th, 2013
  AMES, Iowa – Teaching, research and extension programs focused on farming are featured in the latest issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Iowa State University. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni magazine...

Before it Ended Up on Your Plate

July 23rd, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga Do you ever just wonder how they determine calories and fat content in our foods? Or is it just me? These are obviously not just made-up numbers, right? That’s right. I spoke with Jacinda Dunn, a fourth year undergraduate at...

Iowa State University Researchers to Focus on Crops at Aug. 1 Field Day

July 23rd, 2013
AMES, Iowa — An Aug. 1 field day at the Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis includes topics of interest to crop producers in southwest Iowa. The field day will begin at...

Livestock Field Day Features Niche Markets -- and a Yurt

July 23rd, 2013
NEWELL, Iowa – Insulated portable dwellings used for thousands of years by nomadic people in central Asia have found another creative use on an Iowa State University research farm: keeping baby pigs comfortable. Researchers have custom-fitted a...

Iowa State Researchers Study Precision Nutrition for Niche Market Swine Operations

July 19th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — Niche market swine producers may soon have data to precisely match the nutrients in feed with the needs of their pigs. John Mabry, professor of animal science at Iowa State University, is working with the Iowa Pork Producers...

ISU Part of Team Honored for Excellence in Swine Nutrition Research

July 18th, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University is part of a team that has received the 2013 North Central Region Excellence in Multistate Research Award presented by the North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors....

Iowa State University Field Days Offer Ideas for Gardeners

July 18th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will host a series of Demonstration Garden Field Days beginning July 22. Among the plants featured at the gardens will be a...

Iowa State University Student Selected for Oxfam America Initiative

July 16th, 2013
AMES, Iowa— An Iowa State University student is one of 50 nationwide to be selected for Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative to provide relief against hunger and poverty. Rebecca Chamberlin of Windsor Heights, Iowa, is a junior majoring in global...

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Des Moines County, Iowa

July 16th, 2013
DES MOINES – Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Burlington in Des Moines County, making this the second location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. It initially had been found...

Iowa State University to Assess Carbon Content of Land it Owns and Manages

July 11th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has begun an environmental assessment to determine the amount of carbon in the soil of the land that it and its affiliated organizations own and manage. “One increasingly recognized method of evaluating land in...

The Perfect Cow

July 11th, 2013
By Danniel Arriaga “I can moo better than you can.” “I have more spots than you.” What if cows really did argue and compete over their features and abilities? Well things just might be changing. I spoke to researcher...

Farmers Reminded to Handle Unplanted Treated Seeds Properly

July 10th, 2013
DES MOINES – Iowa farmers are reminded to properly handle treated seeds that were unable to be planted this year due to the historically wet spring weather.  Seeds treated with a pesticide to protect them from pests or disease cannot enter the...

Iowa State University Researchers Examine Genetic Cause of Dog Disorder

July 9th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University animal scientist Max Rothschild hopes a recent American Kennel Club podcast helps raise interest in his research for the organization. He and his colleagues have been working on the genetic component of canine...

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