Extension News

ISU Extension Offers RUSLE2 and P Index Workshop for Manure Plan Writers

5/4/2006

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG), in collaboration with the Iowa USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, have scheduled a workshop to train service providers on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index for use in nutrient management and manure management plans.

 

The workshop will be June 6, at McNeill Hall, Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

 

This workshop will provide training to service providers who plan to work with livestock producers in developing nutrient and manure management plans. Participants will learn where to find the necessary software and how to install it on their computers, how to determine critical field areas, how to determine erosion rates using RUSLE2, calculate P Index vulnerability ratings, how to incorporate these numbers into manure management planning requirements and how to meet soil sampling requirements for manure management plans. Producers also are welcome to attend this workshop. 

 

The cost of the workshop is $100 if registered before May 31, and $125 after May 31. The workshop fee includes handout materials, refreshments and lunch. Because software will be provided, participants are required to bring a Microsoft Windows compatible laptop equipped with a CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Excel software. Participants must have administrator password to the computer they bring in order to install software. The workshop is limited to 30 participants.

 

The program brochure and registration form are available at: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/info/rusle2june06.pdf.  Registration forms should be sent to ISU Extension – Story County, 220 H Avenue, Nevada, IA 50201. Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Kapil Arora at (515) 382-6551 or Angie Rieck-Hinz at (515) 294-9590. 

 

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Contacts :

Kapil Arora, Field Specialist, (515) 382-6551, pbtiger@iastate.edu

Angela Rieck-Hinz, Agronomy, (515) 294-9590, amrieck@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu