Shawn Shouse
Extension Ag Engineer

712-769-2600
sshouse@iastate.edu

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Crop producers are faced with new grain storage issues as they store increasing amounts of grain for local processing, sometimes storing grain for a full year. A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field and campus specialists is working to meet the informational needs farmers have related to grain storage.

ISU Extension and Outreach and the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District are hosting a tour Nov. 19 at the Paul Overman beef feedlot and the Wayne and Wade Brunsman dairy farms north of Dyersville.

Iowans preparing for and recovering from both natural disasters -- drought and flooding -- have easy access to information from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting two Iowa manure management and runoff control demonstration field days – Oct. 29 near Wall Lake and Oct. 31 near Andover. The purpose of these field days is to review low-cost options for managing runoff water and manure from small to medium size beef and dairy feedlot operations.

Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineers say documented cases of manure pit fires and explosions in Iowa highlight the caution needed when agitating and pumping manure from pits beneath buildings. They offer steps to minimize risk of injuries and flash fires.

Educational materials developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with industry and agency partners are assisting small beef and dairy feedlot producers in their effort to decrease potential manure impacts on water quality.

High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses that allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier and later than field-grown crops. However, soil around a high tunnel can erode or become saturated after rainfall. This potential problem has been turned into an asset, thanks to a one-year research project conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Farming after the Flood – Farmer Perspectives and Agency Resources” will be the focus of a Dec. 14, multi-state webinar for those affected by the 2011 Missouri River flood. The webinar will be from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at more than 20 sites in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Last week another swine barn explosion left one person critically injured.  At this time, exact details of the incident are unknown. However, agricultural engineers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach urge all livestock producers and commercial manure applicators to use extreme caution when pumping manure.

As Missouri River flood waters recede from farmland, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are jointly planning a workshop for Monday, Sept. 12 to address cropland issues. The workshop will be conducted via webinar at viewing sites in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.