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Spring Lawn Care

Extra care should be taken when applying any fertilizer or pesticide to the lawn. The lawn is like a sponge and is very good at trapping water and reducing runoff, but it does no good if lawn care products are spread onto hard surfaces like sidewalks and driveways and then washed into the storm water drainage system. Do your part to sweep or blow granular products back into the lawn where they stay put. Read more about Spring Lawn Care

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New Soil Health Management Manual, Field Guide and Assessment Card Available

July 29, 2016, 3:19 pm | Mahdi Al-Kaisi

The manual, field guide and assessment card were developed as sources of information for farmers, agronomists and other agriculture professionals managing soils and to provide documentation of how different management practices affect soil. Read more about New Soil Health Management Manual, Field Guide and Assessment Card Available

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Dakota Access Funds Iowa State University Research of Pipeline Installation Effects on Farmland

March 7, 2017, 8:29 am | Mark Hanna, Ed Adcock, Mehari Tekeste

Researchers began collecting initial data last fall on university-owned farmland near Ames to quantify the impact of construction utilities equipment, field traffic and deep tillage on crop yield and soil compaction. Read more about Dakota Access Funds Iowa State University Research of Pipeline Installation Effects on Farmland

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Yard and Garden: Preparing Garden Soil for Spring Planting

March 15, 2017, 1:19 pm | Richard Jauron, Greg Wallace

Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime. Read more about Yard and Garden: Preparing Garden Soil for Spring Planting

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Farm and Rural Life Poll Examines Conservation Practice Use

March 28, 2017, 1:11 pm | J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., Grant Wall

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy recommends that farmers use a number of soil and water conservation best management practices to reduce nutrient loss into waterways. The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers if they were using or considering use of many of those practices. Read more about Farm and Rural Life Poll Examines Conservation Practice Use

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