Extension to offer webcasts

A set of two-hour horticulture webcasts will be shown at the ISU Extension and Outreach Webster County office in Fort Dodge. These webcasts are free of charge and open to anyone who may be interested.

• 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

Insect Update and Tree Care — Get the latest details about invasive garden pests, including Japanese beetle, Emerald ash borer and spotted wing drosophila from Donald Lewis, professor and extension entomologist at Iowa State. Then learn about how to maintain the health of your trees from Jesse Randall, associate professor and extension forester at Iowa State.

• 6:30 p.m. on July 19

Local Bees and Organic Vegetables — Find out how to attract native bees and other pollinators to the garden from Randall Cass, entomologist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Then learn how to organically maintain your vegetable garden from Kathleen Delate, professor and extension organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy at Iowa State.

• 6:30 p.m. on July 26

Compost 101 and Growing Roses — Build your compost IQ with Ajay Nair, associate professor and extension vegetable production specialist at Iowa State. Learn how to manage a home composting system and troubleshoot potential problems. Then learn how to grow roses that will make your garden shine with Aaron Steil, assistant director of Reiman Gardens.

To register for these programs, contact the Webster County Extension and Outreach Office at 576-2119.