The Role of Bees Handout

Honey Bee Fact Sheet from the Plant Insect and Diagnostic Clinic

Bee Keeping 101 is a free, online bee keeping "class" with lots of great information for the begining bee keeper.



Cover Crops

Midwest Cover Crops Council - Cover Crop Decision Tool

Soil Sampling

Web Soil Survey.
Find your soil map unit (SMU), determine internal drainage, and other soil properties. Click on the big green buttong to get started.

Soil Sample Information Sheet for Horticultural Crops.
Form for submitting soil samples to the ISU Soil and Plant Analysis Lab for horticultural crops.

Manure Application

Average Manure Nutrient Analysis

How to Interpret Your Manure Analysis - PM 3014

How to Sample Manure for Analysis - PM 1558

Iowa Manure Management Action Group. Resource link for manure related topics including legislation, regulations, permits, service providers, and more.

Using Manure Nutrients for Crop Production - PMR - 1003

Nutrient Management

A General Guide for Crop Nutrient and Limestone Recommendations in Iowa - PM 1688

Plant Tissue Analysis and Interpretation for Vegetable Crops in Florida

Micronutrient Deficiencies in Vegetable Crops

Nutrient Management for Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Crops in Minnesota

Soil Cation Ratios for Crop Production

Other Important Sites

DNR - Iowa Geological and Water Survey

Iowa State University Soil Fertility Homepage

Iowa State University Soil and Land Use


GAP / Food Safety


Comprehensive Food Safety Guide

PM 1974A - ISU Guide to GAP

PM 1974B - ISU Guide to GHP

PM 1974C - ISU Guide to Sanitization

Other Important Sites

National Gaps Program - Cornell

NC State University Fresh Produce Safety

University of Minnesota FSP4U


Greenhouse Production


Transplant Decision Tool by the Iowa Organic Association


High Tunnels


High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Production Manual Iowa State University.
An excellent resource from ISU Exension for building and growing in a high tunnel

High Tunnel Construction Considerations.
Another ISU Extension publication about building high tunnels
All things high tunnel related from contruction to production

Midwest Season Extension

Minnesota High Tunnel Production Manual for Commercial Growers

Noble Foundation: High Tunnel Hoop House Construction Guide




Irrigation Scheduling and Tensiometer Tips for Drip Irrigation.
A comprehensive guide descriping how to properly install and use tensiometers.

Drip Irrigation Calculator
An Excel program that automatically calculates gallons to apply and run times for drip irrigation. Download, unzip the file, and you should be able to open the excel file!

PM 3017 Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use
Describes a system for collecting and using rainwater in a high tunnel.


Organic Production


Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship (IDALS) Organic Certificatin Program

Iowa Organic Association

Iowa State University Extension Organic Agriculture

Iowa State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services

National Organics Standards Board (NOSB)

Organic Rules and Regulations


Pest Management


Stop BSMB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)

Spotted Winged Drosophila, Michigan State University

BugGuide for insect identification


University of Wisconsin – Madison Weed Identification and Management tool.

Missouri University Weed ID guide.

Pest Management Guides

Midwest Vegetable Production Guide 2014. Purchase a hard copy or download a PDF version. Access a digital version online

Midwest Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide 2014. Purchase a hard copy or download a PDF version

Midwest Tree Fruit Spray Guide 2014. Purchase a hard copy or download a PDF version

Track Horticultural Pests Across the Country

Corn Earworm - Pestwatch from PSU

VegEdge from Minnesota

Managing Wildlife

Managing Iowa Wildlife - Birds - PM1302D

Managing Iowa Wildlife - Deer - PM1302G

Managing Iowa Wildlife - Pocket Gophers - PM1302A

Managing Iowa Wildlife - Racoon - PM1302E

Other Important Sites

IDALS Sensitive Crop Registry.
Protect your horticultural crops and apiaries from pesticide drift by registering the location of your sensitive crop or apiary.

The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic
provides diagnosis of plant problems and the identification of insects and weeds.
Pesticide Labels Library. The place to find a pesticide label or MSDS sheet

Pesticide Applicator Testing
Learn more about obtaining your pest license from where to get it to when you can test for it.


Plant Injury Symptoms

Non ISU Sites

Weed Science Herbicide Injury Guide - University of Missouri

The Berry Diagnostic Tool - Cornell University

Tomato leaf symptoms key - Cornell University

Tomato Problem Solver - Aggie Horticulture



ISU Research

Degradablue Mulch Evaluation 2010 - MIRF

Degradable Mulch Evaluation 2011 - MIRF

Black Degradable Mulch Evaluation 2011 - HORT


Post Harvest Handling

Other Important Sites

Vegetable Wash Station Designs
Small and medium scale produce wash station designs by the Fruit and Vegetable Working Group.

Postharvest Handling Decision Tool

UC Davis Postharvest Technology

UC Davis Small Scale Postharvest Practices Manual for Horticultural Crops

UC Davis Postharvest Library

NC State Postharvest Library