Faces of Conservation: Matt Helmers
Iowa Learning Farms interview with Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director Matt Helmers is part of ILF's Faces of Conservation series, highlighting key contributors to ILF, offering their perspectives on the history and successes of this innovative conservation outreach program.
Improving Iowa’s water quality is a focus for many
The national The Municipal magazine (June 2019) highlights Iowa's efforts to reduce nutrient pollution, with interviews of Dan McIntosh, Southern Iowa Rural Water Association general manager, and Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director. (Author Denise Fedorow.)
Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll Shows Conservation Increasing, Rented Land Remains a Barrier
As the percentage of rented farmland in Iowa continues to grow, farmers see a steady shift in who is responsible for what happens on the land.
$500 Million in Public and Private Water Quality Funding Identified in Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report
Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Progress Report is now available at www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu/documents.
Pace of conservation efforts in question
INRC Director Matt Helmers was among the expert panelists discussing water quality and implementation of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy with farmers at the Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Des Moines. Article by Rod Swoboda in Wallace's Farmer, Dec. 13, 2019.
Creativity in Challenging Times
Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to attend two events that have left a distinct impression—what really struck me is the creativity and passion for conservation and sustaining rural communities.
-- Matt Helmers, Conservation Learning Group blog post, March 12, 2020.
Water Quality Impacts of Cover Crop Following a Drought
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.
Conservation Grants Program Webinar Recordings Available
Partners of Scott County Watersheds presented an online Conservation Grant Programs webinar, Nov.
2020 Drainage Research Forum Presentation Recordings Now Online
The 2020 annual Drainage Research Forum was held December 1, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CDT), via Zoom. The event was jointly sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, South Dakota State University and the Iowa Soybean Association and highlights projects supported by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.