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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 […]

Cry Me a Raccoon River

Posted on December 2nd, 2019

Note: the title was not my idea, but I have permission to use it.  I suppose we all experience certain days when events crystallize our ideas in ways such that the day and the ideas will both go unforgotten. November 14 was one of those days for me. That day I conducted a presentation at […]


Posted on August 14th, 2019

The sport of angling has spawned thousands of writers beginning with Jeremiah (Old Testament, 1000 BC), to Izaak Walton (Compleat Angler, 1653), to Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises, 1926, great book, and The Old Man and the Sea, 1952, way-overrated) and Norman Maclean (A River Runs Through It, 1977, best fishing book ever). That […]

Accommodate my Pile

Posted on July 19th, 2019

The great physicist Ernest Rutherford famously said of science: “If it isn’t physics, it’s just stamp collecting.” I often think Iowa farmers must feel similarly about farming, i.e., “if you aren’t growing corn, it’s just gardening.” If you’ve heard farmers talk about growing corn, you know it’s more than about making money. They love watching […]

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 […]

The Swine Republic

Posted on June 28th, 2019

I have written some things about manure lately (link, link, link, link). If you were able to make it to the end of those essays, you found these points were made: · We have a lot of livestock animals in Iowa · These animals produce a lot of waste · This waste is used to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Pipe Dreams

Posted on June 14th, 2019

People ask me how long it takes to write these. The answer is about 1 hour for writing and 1 hour for editing. It’s usually done inside my head before I start typing. Getting the idea is another matter; that’s not so easy. I do have ideas lined up but most aren’t ready to be […]

This is why we can’t have nice things

Posted on May 30th, 2019

You may have heard that our country’s administration is in a trade dispute with China. The US has imposed tariffs of 10 to 50% on a variety of Chinese goods including steel, aluminum, solar panels and clothes washing machines. China responded by imposing a 25% tariff on US soybeans and some other US products. China […]