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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 […]

10,000 Pounds of BS

Posted on August 1st, 2019

I’ve said in the past that hatching writable ideas can be very difficult. There are many days when I feel like this thing has run its course. But, it seems like somebody always bails me out eventually by knowingly or unknowingly giving me an idea. University of Iowa tough guy Jeren Glosser did this a […]

Who we are

Posted on June 26th, 2019

I wrote most of this from the humble abode shown at left. I’ve always wanted a pickup camper and finally got around to buying one last week. I made the trip to Platteville, Wisconsin to buy this one of unknown age for $1500, which was a steal considering its near mint condition. I like camping, […]

Crunching Numbers: Iowa Nutrient Strategy Progress

Posted on June 24th, 2019

Authored by Professor Silvia Secchi Buongiorno! I am one of Dr. Jones’ colleagues at UIowa. Dr. Jones graciously agreed to let me guest blog to give you my thoughts on Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked twelve Mississippi river states to develop the strategies as a means to address […]

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 […]

From Golf to Gulf?

Posted on April 25th, 2019

You likely know some things about Gulf of Mexico hypoxia. This is the low-oxygen condition that develops off the coast of Louisiana that is driven by nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) entering the Gulf in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. Do golf courses contribute to this, and do they degrade local water quality? Iowa DNR […]

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 […]

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 […]


Posted on March 18th, 2019

One thing that I see real essayists do when beginning a piece is start with a quote from someone famous. I guess that’s what you’re supposed to do when you can’t think of soaring words on your own. It occurred to me that I might want to try this. Thus: “I grasp the hands of those next to […]