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Water Quality Impacts of Cover Crop Following a Drought

September 10, 2020

 There is a risk of elevated fall soil nitrate levels due to dry conditions this growing season. Dry conditions affect soil N cycling in several ways, resulting in excess residual nitrate in the soil profile after fall harvest and the potential for substantial N leaching with late fall or spring precipitation. An article, "Water Quality Impacts of Cover Crop Following a Drought" shares relevant data from research at two sites, with recommendations for how to minimize the risk of nitrate-N loss when rainfall occurs. Co-authors: Matt Helmers, INRC Director; Brian Dougherty, ISU Agricultural Engineer; Emily Waring, graduate student, agricultural and biosystems engineering. Published by Iowa Extension and Outreach - Integrated Crop Management. Read more about Water Quality Impacts of Cover Crop Following a Drought

National Academy of Sciences Workshop: Reducing the Health Impacts of the Nitrogen Problem

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 2:30pm to Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 5:30pm

The National Academy of Sciences invites registration to a five-session, free, virtual workshop on “Reducing the Health Impacts of the Nitrogen Problem,” beginning Thursdays, Jan. 28, through Feb. 25, from 1:30-4:30 CST, sponsored by the NAS’ Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI).

INRC Director Matt Helmers is one of the presenters at the initial workshop session on Jan. 28.  Read more about National Academy of Sciences Workshop: Reducing the Health Impacts of the Nitrogen Problem

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Spring Seminar Series Highlights Findings from Watersheds Around the Country

January 13, 2021

AMES, Iowa - A spring series of virtual seminars bringing findings from watershed research across the country, begins Wednesday, January 27, hosted by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The online events will take place each month on the fourth Wednesday, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., through May 26. Sessions are free and open to the public. Read more about Iowa Nutrient Research Center Spring Seminar Series Highlights Findings from Watersheds Around the Country

Wetlands and Wildlife Case Study - Iowa Learning Farms Webinar

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place Dec. 8 at noon CST will feature Kay Stefanik, Iowa Nutrient Research Center assistant director, and Adam Janke, extension wildlife specialist and assistant professor, Iowa State University.  The pair will introduce a new educational case study and learning guide for students, educators, agriculture professionals, farmers and landowners that draws on Stefanik’s expertise in wetland ecology and water quality and Janke’s expertise in the impacts of conservation practices on birds and wildlife. Get more details and the link to participate at: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/webinar-wetlands-and-wildlife-case-study . Read more about Wetlands and Wildlife Case Study - Iowa Learning Farms Webinar

Malcolm Robertson

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Area of Expertise: 
Sustainable agriculture. Alternative agriculture. Crop protection

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