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ISU Extension Offers RUSLE2 and P Index Workshops for Manure and Nutrient Plan Writers

2/20/2009

AMES, Iowa --- Livestock producers and service providers can learn how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index in nutrient management and manure management plans by attending an upcoming workshop. Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG), in collaboration with the Iowa USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, have scheduled an introductory level workshop for April 1 at the Polk County Extension Office in Altoona, Iowa.

The workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. This hands-on workshop will provide the participant with software orientation and an introduction to the operating parameters for RUSLE2, selection of input values for RUSLE2, developing and saving management operations for RUSLE2.

Real field examples will be used in the workshop to determine risk calculations of the Iowa Phosphorus Index and how to incorporate these numbers into manure and nutrient management planning requirements. Soil sampling requirements for manure management plans will also be discussed. 

The cost of the workshop is $150 if registered on or prior to March 25 and $165 after March 25. The workshop fee includes handout materials, refreshments and lunch. Because software will be provided, participants are required to bring a MS Windows compatible laptop equipped with a CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Excel Software. Participants must have their administrator password in order to install software on their own laptop. The workshop is limited to 30 participants.

On-line registration, program information and directions to the workshop are available at: www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/rusle2/home.html

On April 2, an Advanced RUSLE2 workshop will be held at the Polk County Extension Office in Altoona. Registration for this workshop is only open to people who have previously attended the Introductory RUSLE2 and Iowa P Index workshop.  Additional information can be found at: www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/rusle2advanced/home.html

Questions regarding these workshops should be directed to Kapil Arora at 515-382-6551or 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

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu