Horticulture in Iron County

Bruce Spangenberg, Extension Iron County’s part time Horticulture Educator (50%) is available to advise community members on horticulture related questions, handle soil samples, and provide resources as they are available. Scroll to the bottom of this page for Bruce’s contact information or feel free to stop by the Extension Iron County office to meet him in person, Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Northwoods Yard & Garden Column

Check out Extension Iron County Horticulture Educator, Bruce Spangenberg’s weekly column, Northwoods Yard & Garden HERE!

The Northwoods Yard & Garden Column will include a variety of horticulture related topics on a weekly basis, and we encourage anyone wanting to learn more to tune in.

Horticulture Diagnostic Resources – Soil Samples, Insect and Plant Diagnostics

Soil Samples

Extension Iron County office is ready to assist farmers and homeowners with a variety of soil analysis services. Including:

  • Soil sample bags
  • Submission forms
  • Helpful publications
  • Answers to your soil results questions

For soil testing, please bring your sample (about 2 cups per sample) to the Extension office anytime between 8 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Soil samples are sent to the UW Soil and Forage lab to be tested. Results arrive in 7-10 business days. Costs vary, depending on the type and quantity of samples and test desired. If you have any questions, feel free to call 715-561-2695.

Additional horticulture resources can be found at the Wisconsin Horticulture Program website or you can use the quick links below:

Iron County Fair – Vegetables, Herbs, & Fruit Standards

Do you plan on exhibiting vegetables, herbs and fruits in the Iron County Fair? Be sure to check out our Extension Iron County exhibitor guide below:

Selecting & Preparing Vegetables, Herbs, & Fruit Exhibits at the Iron County Fair.pdf

Horticulture Educational Video Library

Visit the UW-Madison Extension Horticulture educational video library HERE!

Agriculture Resources

Agriculture related resources can be found at the Extension Institute of Agriculture website, you can use the quick links below:

Wisconsin Master Gardeners

Visit the Master Gardener website here!

Latest WI Agriculture Program News & Information



If you would like to learn more about Horticulture news and resources, please contact:

Bruce Spangenberg
Horticulture Educator
Extension Iron County
300 Taconite Street, Suite 118
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2695


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