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They break it, you buy it

Posted on February 25th, 2020

Last Thursday (2/20/20) the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) released the results of a study1 showing Iowa farmers could save up to $99 million per year by better aligning their fertilizer amounts with corn requirements. Among other things, their data show that surveyed farmers were applying about 34 pounds per acre more nitrogen fertilizer than ISU […]

Eau de BS

Posted on December 19th, 2019

Recently I happened upon the little book at the right (1), and since it covers a topic that interests me, I bought it. Essentially an essay at about 8000 words, it can be read in the time it takes to drink two beers if you drink them at the rate I do, which is slightly […]

Don’t P down my leg and tell me it’s raining

Posted on December 5th, 2019

Plants require nutrients for growth and agronomists divide these into macro- and micro-nutrient groups, depending on the quantity needed. Most important for both crop production and water pollution here in Iowa are the macronutrients of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). Nitrogen is the beer of the nutrient world. We drink a lot of it, spill […]


Posted on March 31st, 2019

(Iowa Needs Public Land) You may have heard that the Iowa legislature has been examining a couple of bills regarding public land acquistion in Iowa. I thought I would throw some numbers and images at that discussion. You’ve probably heard, like me, that Iowa does not have much public land and that we are pretty […]

The Natural

Posted on March 28th, 2019

There is a fellow named Billy Beck who I would like to talk about today. Despite his name, he is not a baseball player, but he is about ready to be called up to the majors. He has been studying stream hydrology and erosion at Iowa State University and just finished his Ph.D. I heard […]