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Fishing in the Rain

Posted on September 25th, 2019

I’ve always liked fishing in the rain for several reasons, not the least of which is that the fish bite. But it can’t be just any rain; a slow and steady warm rain with no wind and no lightning is best. Fish won’t bite if there’s lightning, and besides I’m terrified of lightning and if […]

Make America MRTN Again

Posted on June 21st, 2019

The Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council (INREC) is an organization coordinated by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa. INREC is using farmer survey data collected by ag retailers to help Iowa State University quantify progress toward goals set by the Iowa Nutrient Research Strategy, the state’s main policy instrument for water quality improvement. Part of […]

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted on May 15th, 2019

Even with an everyman’s body of 5’7”, 194 pounds, Lorenzo Pietro Berra (1925-2015) was one of America’s greatest athletes and was a cog on ten world championship teams with the New York Yankees. He was also one of our more courageous citizens, volunteering for the D-Day invasion as an 18-year old and later earning the […]


Posted on February 20th, 2019

Although it is one of the most basic aspects of corn production, scientists rarely have empirical (i.e. verifiable by observation) data for fertilization rates beyond the field scale. If livestock manure is part of the fertilization strategy, the farmer may not even know how much nutrient is being applied, unless the manure is analyzed for […]

This is what happened

Posted on February 12th, 2019

This is What Happened (Note: the nitrate value for the Des Moines River at Des Moines was changed from 5.0 in the original posting to 3.6, based on information I received from a colleague at the University of Illinois.) Many people are curious about Iowa stream nitrate before modern agriculture became established across the landscape. They want […]