The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is pleased to present its first annual report. View or download the four page Iowa Nutrient Research Center's 2020 Annual Review with short highlights of INRC's work, recent activities and comments from stakeholders.
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of over $1.4 million to support 11 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2021-2022.
On a cold day last fall, Iowa State University scientist Michelle Soupir and her team of graduate students shoveled out the woodchip-and-mud entrails of nine concrete-lined water-quality cells at the Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farm near Ames. They packed samples from the cells — mini-bioreactors — into plastic bags and labeled them to take back to the lab, where they would measure bacterial activity and the rate of woodchip decomposition.
AMES, Iowa – A fall seminar series on Iowa water quality research focused on, "New Technologies, New Tools and Emerging Concerns" begins Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, hosted by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The presentations will take place the second Wednesday of each month, from 3-4 p.m., through Dec. 8. This year’s hybrid seminar series will be presented online and in-person at 1306 Elings Hall, 605 Bissell Road, on the Iowa State University campus. Sessions are free and open to the public.
Drainage experts from around the Midwest will gather November 23 in Ames to share and discuss updates on drainage issues, research and technology at the 2021 Drainage Research Forum in Ames. The event will be held at the Ames Gateway Hotel and Conference Center on Green Hills Drive with a virtual online option for participation. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration and refreshments, and the program is scheduled for 9:30 to 3:45 p.m. More details and registration information is available at https://www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/drainageresearch/.
“If farmers have a good year growing cover crops, they can get really excited and plant more acres. But if they have a bad year, they might never use cover crops again,” said Alison Robertson, professor of plant pathology and microbiology and a lead investigator of cover crop projects funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.
More landowners are interested in planting strips of deep-rooted prairie within crop fields or on marginal land as an effective soil conservation and water quality practice. But they need reliable answers about the costs and benefits. Practical answers are coming out of projects led by University of Northern Iowa researchers, funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University.
New research shows that “multi-purpose oxbows” can effectively reduce nitrate-nitrogen, earning them a spot in the Iowa Nutrient Research Strategy’s menu of conservation options. Keith Schilling, State Geologist and Director of the Iowa Geological Survey, is lead investigator for Iowa Nutrient Research Center- sponsored research to better understand the benefits of oxbow restoration for water quality. Partners in the research include the Iowa Soybean Association, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Geological Survey's Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Iowa State.