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“I’m not a scientist”

Posted on March 31st, 2020

You may have noticed that we have few trained scientists occupying elected positions in the United States. In the 115th Congress (1), members include one chemist, one physicist and one microbiologist, all in the house. By comparison there are 218 attorneys (including 47 former prosecutors and 15 judges), 101 teachers, 26 farmers, 8 ordained ministers, […]

Hair of the Dog

Posted on March 16th, 2020

Dr. Silvia Secchi wrote most of this; I added a dash of bitters here and there. The post expands on the interview Dr. Secchi gave to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, which can be found here: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/815546846/the-biofuel-requirement-of-american-gasoline-hits-a-roadblock The Iowa congressional delegation and many agricultural economists have been arguing over the small refineries exemption, which reduces the […]

The ethics of a pig

Posted on March 4th, 2020

Note: some of these ideas came from Smith Fellow Dr. Bonnie McGill. Writing with a great nom de plume, O. Henry1 (William S. Porter) may have been the G.O.A.T. short story writer and his best one was the ironic comedy, The Gift of the Magi. O. Henry also wrote one titled The Ethics of Pig, […]

ZEAlots

Posted on February 5th, 2020

Notes: Some of these words and ideas came from the head of Dr. Silvia Secchi. Featured image credit: Rigzone. Nexus is one of those trendy words that can help a frequent user sound more relevant. It’s so much sexier (it has an “x”, after all) than mundane synonyms like connection, and let’s face it, good […]

Free Iowa Now

Posted on January 23rd, 2020

The California-sized Black Sea is bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia and Turkey. It receives freshwater from several major European Rivers (especially the Danube) but Mediterranean Sea saltwater also intrudes through a hydrological connection known as the Bosphorus. Thus, Black Sea water is saltier than a lake but fresher than the ocean, producing a […]

Woke Aldo

Posted on January 9th, 2020

I spoke with a colleague this morning who had returned from a holiday break spent at her rural Iowa childhood home. While we were each cooking up the usual post-holiday small talk, she related to me some of her recent conversations with farmer relatives that included this idea: There is not a problem with Iowa’s […]

Iowa is Hemorrhaging Nitrogen

Posted on November 7th, 2019

Someone once told me “for god’s sake start at the end” when giving a presentation, and since there is a lot to unload with this one, I’ll give you a couple of nuggets if you don’t have time to read the rest: For the 2019 Water Year (10/1/18 to 9/30/19) Iowa stream nitrate load was […]

Drain Brain

Posted on October 14th, 2019

Note: This essay was co-written with my colleague Professor Silvia Secchi. Some people read these essays and say I (CJ) don’t offer solutions. I disagree with this: apply nutrients at recommended rates, accurately take credit for manure nutrients, don’t apply manure to snow, plant stream buffers, quit cropping in the 2-year floodplain, and so forth. […]

MMPs are CRAP

Posted on October 3rd, 2019

An article authored by Anna Jones recently appeared in the U.S. on-line version of The Guardian about Iowa and our struggle with nitrate pollution. One thing in particular about the article caught my eye and it was the description of a Marshall County farmer’s management of hog manure. He and his brother borrowed $1.5 million to […]

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 […]