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When the Ship Comes In

Posted on July 14th, 2020

The photo below (credit David Thoreson) was taken at Iowa’s West Lake Okoboji this past 4th of July weekend. Ignoring for a while what it may show about the effectiveness of volunteerism in suppressing the coronavirus, I’d like to point out that this is one area of Iowa where our legislature has chosen to pursue […]

Tragedy in Three Acts

Posted on July 10th, 2019

Prologue “We are actors as well as observers in the drama.” Niels Bohr, Nobel laureate (1922) in physics. Act I In 2013, while employed at the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), I started working on data analysis for a future manuscript I hoped to publish. This project was the culmination of water quality monitoring that began […]

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 […]

Stop Saying We All Want Clean Water

Posted on April 14th, 2019

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard or read the phrase “we all want clean water”. If so, in all likelihood it came from someone of stature or someone knowledgeable about water quality issues. Today I had the idea to shake the Google tree and see what fruit fell to the ground when I entered […]

Hello Darling

Posted on April 9th, 2019

You might recall a recent post assessed the amount of public land Iowa has relative to other states. Iowa is 8th-lowest of the states in the total amount of public land and 3rd-lowest in the percentage of our land area that is in public hands. This made me wonder about water, specifically, how much water we […]


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 […]