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Reducing Nutrient Loss: Science Shows What Works, C. A. J. Thompson, Matthew J. Helmers, Thomas M. Isenhart, John D. Lawrence Sep 2014

Reducing Nutrient Loss: Science Shows What Works, C. A. J. Thompson, Matthew J. Helmers, Thomas M. Isenhart, John D. Lawrence

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Iowa has been working for decades to protect and improve water quality. However, progress measured toward reduction targets at the watershed scale has been challenging, and many complex nutrient-related impacts in Iowa’s lakes, reservoirs, and streams remain to be addressed. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It directs efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point and nonpoint sources in a scientific, reasonable, and cost-effective manner.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Freshwater Aquarium Management, Richard Clayton Aug 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Freshwater Aquarium Management, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Find tips on selecting and maintaining a home aquarium. Consider tank size and shape, stand and positioning, hood, filters, air pumps, heaters, ornaments and hiding places. Also tips for fish purchasing and stocking, water changes and cleaning, disease and treatment, and algae problems.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Building Quality Ponds, Richard Clayton Jun 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Building Quality Ponds, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

A quality pond stores the cleanest water possible. This publication describes suitable water sources and the design and maintenance of water impoundments.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Use Of Copper Compounds In Aquatic Systems, Richard Clayton Jun 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Use Of Copper Compounds In Aquatic Systems, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Find out how to safely use copper compounds to control algae in farm ponds. Determine dosage rates for your pond size and water type, select proper tools, and know best handling methods.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Cage Fish Culture, Richard Clayton, Joseph E. Morris Jun 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Cage Fish Culture, Richard Clayton, Joseph E. Morris

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Cage culture of fish uses existing water resources but encloses the fish in a cage or basket that allows water to pass freely between the fish and the pond. Consider the advantages and disadvantages. Also read about details of site selection, cage construction, species suitable for cage culture, and more.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Getting Started In Aquaculture Enterprises, Richard Clayton May 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Getting Started In Aquaculture Enterprises, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Things to consider to begin a fish farming enterprise regarding production, facilities, marketing, and legal issues.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Calculation And Conversion For Fisheries, Richard Clayton Feb 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Calculation And Conversion For Fisheries, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Includes information to calculate surface areas, depth, and water volume as well as various useful conversions.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Is Fish Farming For You?, Joseph E. Morris Jan 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Is Fish Farming For You?, Joseph E. Morris

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Fish farming, or aquaculture, has attracted the attention of farmers, landowners, and investors as an alternative agriculture enterprise in Iowa. If you are considering fish farming, this checklist may help you determine whether it’s feasible.


A Targeted Conservation Approach For Improving Environmental Quality: Multiple Benefits And Expanded Opportunities, Lisa A. Schulte, Heidi Asbjornsen, Ryan Atwell, Chad E. Hart, Matthew J. Helmers, Thomas M. Isenhart, Randy Kolka, Matthew Z. Liebman, Jeri Neal, Matthew E. O'Neal, Silvia Secchi, Richard C. Schultz, Janette R. Thompson, Mark D. Tomer, John C. Tyndall Dec 2008

A Targeted Conservation Approach For Improving Environmental Quality: Multiple Benefits And Expanded Opportunities, Lisa A. Schulte, Heidi Asbjornsen, Ryan Atwell, Chad E. Hart, Matthew J. Helmers, Thomas M. Isenhart, Randy Kolka, Matthew Z. Liebman, Jeri Neal, Matthew E. O'Neal, Silvia Secchi, Richard C. Schultz, Janette R. Thompson, Mark D. Tomer, John C. Tyndall

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Find out how targeted conservation practices can have the most impact on environmental quality while causing only a small change in overall agricultural production. Environmental benefits are discussed related to clean air and water, productive soils, diverse wildlife and plant habitat, and biological controls for crop protection.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Water Quality, Richard Clayton Aug 2008

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Water Quality, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Water, the most important component for raising fish, is often the most neglected factor. The purpose of this publication is to assist the fish farmer or pond owner in pond management.


A Guide To Managing Pasture Water: Streamside Buffers, Thomas M. Isenhart, John L. Kovar, James R. Russell Jun 2008

A Guide To Managing Pasture Water: Streamside Buffers, Thomas M. Isenhart, John L. Kovar, James R. Russell

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

By properly managing your pasture water, you not only provide high-quality water to maintain the health and productivity of livestock on your farm, but you also contribute to maintaining the water quality downstream – water that is used for livestock and human consumption, as well as recreational activities like fishing and swimming.

Pasture conditions that promote frequent gatherings of cattle near streams and ponds may increase sediment, nutrient and pathogen loading of these water sources from manure deposition, as well as bank erosion. However, such water-quality problems may be controlled by grazing management or pasture characteristics that alter the timing, frequency ...


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Farm Ponds, Richard Clayton Jun 2008

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Farm Ponds, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Ponds are, at times, both complex and simple ecosystems. Pond complexity depends on the food webs involving many types of organisms. This publication addresses concerns of landowners who wish to continue to enjoy their farm ponds.


Assessing The Need For A Riparian Management System (Rims), Jesse Randall, Thomas M. Isenhart Sep 2002

Assessing The Need For A Riparian Management System (Rims), Jesse Randall, Thomas M. Isenhart

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Riparian management systems (RiMS) often appear complex, and assessing your stream riparian area to design one can seem a daunting task. There are many design options for RiMS that can provide multiple benefits. The best option is the design that accomplishes the most for you, for the land, and for the community. This publication provides a list of tools and considerations to help you determine what kind of RiMS is best for you and your land.


Riparian Buffer Systems, Richard C. Schultz, Amy Kuehl, Joseph P. Colletti, Paul H. Wray, Thomas M. Isenhart Sep 1997

Riparian Buffer Systems, Richard C. Schultz, Amy Kuehl, Joseph P. Colletti, Paul H. Wray, Thomas M. Isenhart

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Streams lined with tress, shrubs, grasses , and abundant wildlife contribute to more than a beautiful landscape. Restoration of the land's natural riparian buffer system can improve water quality. prevent soil erosion, and build diversity that has been lost with modem land uses.