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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: Aquatic Plant Management, Richard Clayton Aug 2009

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Aquatic Plant Management, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Discover biological, chemical and integrated management methods to control aquatic weeds.


Protecting Bees In Iowa, Elizabeth J. Buffington, Andrew Joseph Jul 2009

Protecting Bees In Iowa, Elizabeth J. Buffington, Andrew Joseph

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Beekeepers and commercial pesticide applicators play important roles in protecting Iowa's bees. This publication outlines actions both groups can take to reduce the risks to bees that benefit Iowa's agroecosystem.


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: 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.


The Mystery Club: Meth—Steer Clear, Stay Safe, Charles V. Schwab, Deborah Stabler, Barb Abbott Jun 2009

The Mystery Club: Meth—Steer Clear, Stay Safe, Charles V. Schwab, Deborah Stabler, Barb Abbott

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Captain Overalls, the safety crusader, brings important information on meth to youth.


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.


Protecting Our Water Quality With Sprayer Calibration, H. Mark Hanna May 2009

Protecting Our Water Quality With Sprayer Calibration, H. Mark Hanna

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Proper calibration of pesticide sprayers is critical to achieve economical crop management and responsible stewardship of natural resources. Precise application minimizes potential problems while maximizing the effectiveness of the pesticide.


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.


Tug Of War With Grain: A Grain Safety Curriculum (Flyer), Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller, Donald H. Goering Mar 2009

Tug Of War With Grain: A Grain Safety Curriculum (Flyer), Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller, Donald H. Goering

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

This flier promotes the Tug-of-War with Grain farm safety curriculum. The online flier has links to Web pages with more details, including sample pages of the curriculum.


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.


Managing Iowa Fisheries: Intensive Aquaculture Systems, Richard Clayton Dec 2008

Managing Iowa Fisheries: Intensive Aquaculture Systems, Richard Clayton

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Interest in aquaculture (fish farming) is increasing. This brochure provides potential aquaculturists with information to help them objectively study the feasibility of adding intensive aquaculture to their farming enterprises.


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.


A Guide To Managing Pasture Water: Stabilized Stream And Pond Access Sites, James R. Russell, Shawn C. Shouse Dec 2008

A Guide To Managing Pasture Water: Stabilized Stream And Pond Access Sites, James R. Russell, Shawn C. Shouse

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

This guide shows cattle producers how they might graze streamside buffers and protect water quality. See related grant E2004-24.


Disaster Recovery: How To Protect Yourself From Farm Dust, Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller Nov 2008

Disaster Recovery: How To Protect Yourself From Farm Dust, Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Get information on common illnesses caused by breathing in molds/dust. Help also provided in selecting respirators.


Composting Swine Mortalities In Iowa, Thomas D. Glanville Nov 2008

Composting Swine Mortalities In Iowa, Thomas D. Glanville

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Swine producers have found that composting is a flexible and reasonably priced disposal method that can be used year round. Find out about facilities and equipment, procedures, and regulations.


Safety On Iowa Roads: Sharing The Road With Farm Vehicles, Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller Nov 2008

Safety On Iowa Roads: Sharing The Road With Farm Vehicles, Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

This brochure reviews three common ways that farm vehicles are involved in traffic accidents. Defensive driving tips are given for each situation.


Profitable Corn Harvesting, H. Mark Hanna Nov 2008

Profitable Corn Harvesting, H. Mark Hanna

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Every bushel of corn saved by careful operation of your combine adds to your profits. Harvesting losses are inevitable, but this publication can help you to measure losses, as well as discovering where they occur and how to prevent them.


Disaster Recovery: What You Need To Know About Silo Gas, A Deadly Killer, Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller Nov 2008

Disaster Recovery: What You Need To Know About Silo Gas, A Deadly Killer, Charles V. Schwab, Laura J. Miller

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Here are answers to common questions about silo gas, how to recognize it, and protect yourself from its dangers.


Soybean Drying And Storage, Charles R. Hurburgh Jr. Nov 2008

Soybean Drying And Storage, Charles R. Hurburgh Jr.

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Why would you artifi cially dry a crop that normally dries in the fi eld? One reason would be late planting due to double cropping or wet fi elds, or poor fall weather may result in soybeans that are too wet to store. Second, harvesting early, when soybeans are still wet, reduces fi eld losses, harvest losses, and market weight losses and allows more time for other fall fi eldwork.


Farm Electric Power Sales Tax Exemption, H. Mark Hanna Sep 2008

Farm Electric Power Sales Tax Exemption, H. Mark Hanna

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Fuels, including electricity, used directly in processing and production on the farm are exempt from Iowa state sales tax. To receive this exemption, a farmer must provide adequate documentation. This publication provides information, worksheets, and a sales tax exemption certificate to aid farmers.


Calibration And Uniformity Of Solid Manure Spreaders, H. Mark Hanna, Tom L. Richard Sep 2008

Calibration And Uniformity Of Solid Manure Spreaders, H. Mark Hanna, Tom L. Richard

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

This publication outlines how to calibrate dry manure equipment and measure the manure distribution uniformity, and shares results of ISU Extension research comparing rear- and side-delivery spreaders.


Safe Farm: Safety Resources For Your Farm And Home, Charles V. Schwab Aug 2008

Safe Farm: Safety Resources For Your Farm And Home, Charles V. Schwab

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

This flyer lists more than 100 publications on safety, also videos, displays, web resources, and programs.


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.


Resource Conservation Practices: Consideration In Selecting No-Till, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, H. Mark Hanna, Michael D. Duffy Jul 2008

Resource Conservation Practices: Consideration In Selecting No-Till, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, H. Mark Hanna, Michael D. Duffy

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Consider the advantages of a no-till system. This publication looks at weed control, residue management, equipment requirements, nutrient management and the results of yield and economic return studies.


Factors Affecting Pesticide Drift, H. Mark Hanna, Kristine J. P. Schaefer Jun 2008

Factors Affecting Pesticide Drift, H. Mark Hanna, Kristine J. P. Schaefer

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Minimizing potential drift is a primary responsibility for every applicator. Despite conscientious efforts, about one to three applications per Iowa county each year result in drift complaints investigated by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.


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.


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 ...


Resource Conservation Practices: Consider The Strip-Tilling Alternative, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, H. Mark Hanna May 2008

Resource Conservation Practices: Consider The Strip-Tilling Alternative, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, H. Mark Hanna

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Strip-tillage is an alternative to no-till in areas where poorly drained soils are dominant. Read about comparisons of strip-tillage to other tillage systems and the benefits and possible concerns.