Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2017./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Manure-1-green-350w.jpg
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators on six different dates and locations in February./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/PM1941-drymanure-400w.jpg
Commercial manure applicators may attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the training./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Manure-3-red-350w.jpg
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping farmers manage their manure supplies by focusing on environmental stewardship, safe handling and providing crops with the nutrients they need. A new video highlights ISU Extension and Outreach work with this valuable resource.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is working to help the state’s farmers manage their manure supplies by focusing on environmental stewardship, safe handling and providing crops with the nutrients they need.
Through annual manure applicator training, the Iowa Manure Management Action Group and many educational resources available through the Extension Store, ISU Extension and Outreach staff are working together to provide education and training while keeping safety, value capture and water quality top of mind.
This video highlights the work ISU Extension and Outreach specialists are doing with this valuable resource.
To see other impact stories visit the ISU Extension and Outreach website.
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A Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) online review course is being offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help individuals prepare for the next CCA examination on Feb. 3, 2017.http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/SprayingCorn.gif
Iowans may notice fewer scurrying squirrels in their yards, thanks to a late spring frost that negatively impacted hard nut production in many areas throughout the state./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/LateSpringFrostMap.gif
The design, siting and layout of new practices currently being considered for water quality improvements of farmland drainage will be the focus of a workshop scheduled for Dec. 15 in Fort Dodge, Iowa./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/DesignWaterQualityPractices.gif
Ann Staudt, assistant manager of the Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss ILF’s recent research that analyzes the relationship between earthworm populations, cover crops and overall soil health during the ILF monthly webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.
AMES, Iowa – The common nightcrawler, Lumbricus terrestris, is a deep-burrowing worm species that is found in many Iowa crop fields. The presence of nightcrawlers can serve as one indicator of the overall soil health in Iowa’s agricultural ecosystems. Ann Staudt, assistant manager of the Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss ILF’s recent research that analyzes the relationship between earthworm populations, cover crops and overall soil health during the monthly webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. The webinar is free, and all that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access.
How does one monitor earthworm populations? “The earthworm feeds on decaying plant residue at the soil surface at night or after a rain," Staudt explained. "The earthworms then pull that plant material back into their tunnel, leaving a well-defined clumpy mound, or midden, on the soil surface. Since earthworms typically live in just one single tunnel or burrow, the number of middens on the soil surface of a field provides a good indication of earthworm populations in a field."
ILF is monitoring earthworm populations on six on-farm demonstration sites statewide. Project sites are located in long-term no-till strips with and without cereal rye cover crop treatments. While soil health can be difficult to quantify, earthworms are a very tangible early indicator of soil health, long recognized by farmers and gardeners as being beneficial organisms in the soil ecosystem. Staudt hopes that this research will teach us more about the connections between earthworm populations and soil health in a cover crop versus no cover system, and that earthworms can be a simple, straightforward indicator of soil health.
Staudt is an environmental engineer who actively blends scientific knowledge and creative expression through her work and teaching. Staudt works with multiple Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs, serving as assistant manager of ILF and science director of the award-winning Water Rocks! youth water education program. Staudt holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Notre Dame and bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University.
The ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. To log in, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the “guest” option. Webinar participants can ask questions during the presentation using the chat function. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
ILF has hosted a webinar every month since January 2011. To date, there are 70 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil health, soil erosion, water quality and farmer perspectives.
With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/DriftlessRegionBeefConference.gif
Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/soiltemp2.gif