Post submitted by Tianna Griffin, the Iowa Water Center’s Special Projects Assistant Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) 2018 Annual Conference was an event that brought families, farmers and professionals together to learn and meet new people. It was my first time attending a conference and it won’t be my last. The event was from January… Read More 2018 Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference
Photos of the 2017-2018 Agronomy in the Field cohort for Central Iowa at the ISU Field Extension Education Lab. Photos by Hanna Bates. An education in soil sampling Last week I attended Agronomy in the Field, led by Angie Reick-Hinz, an ISU field agronomist. The workshop focused on soil sampling out in a field. The… Read More Get to know your soil
Breaking down our knowledge of soil enzymes Post written by Marshall McDaniel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University As mentioned in a recent Washington Post article, there is a zoo beneath our feet in the soil. There are three properties of the soil, which are physical, chemical, and the biological… Read More Identifying Indicators for Soil Health
Post submitted by Hanna Bates, Program Assistant for the Iowa Water Center The soil is like a sponge that holds water so it is available when crops need it. Wetter soil at the surface prevents deeper infiltration and so water is lost as surface runoff. Not only this, but soil moisture is also a variable… Read More Soil – Agriculture’s Reservoir
Post edited by Hanna Bates, Program Assistant at the Iowa Water Center This week, we chatted with Jennifer Fencl, the Solid Waste & Environmental Services Director at The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG). Fencl works to bring eastern Iowa stakeholders together to better manage their natural resources and to create a long-term investment in… Read More Planning for Watershed Success in Eastern Iowa
This week Dr. Richard Cruse, Professor in Agronomy at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Water Center, was invited to speak at the Rendez-vous végétal 2017 in Quebec, Canada. He provided a presentation on the cost of soil erosion and introduced the Daily Erosion Project to an international audience of soil and water professionals.
The Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) is a new five-year project focused on addressing factors associated with flood disasters in the state of Iowa. The IWA project will also provide benefits of improved water quality by implementing conservation practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.… Read More Introducing the Iowa Watershed Approach