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Alternative Farrowing Systems During Cold Weather, Mark S. Honeyman, Jay D. Harmon, James B. Kliebenstein Jan 2006

Alternative Farrowing Systems During Cold Weather, Mark S. Honeyman, Jay D. Harmon, James B. Kliebenstein

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The project investigators studied the performance of alternative farrowing systems during cold weather. These systems have the potential to expand the niche pork markets in Iowa by making larger supplies of marketable pork available in the summer months.


Web-Based Interactive Decision Model For Determining Economic Feasibility Of Growing Grapes And Establishing A Small Winery For Wine And Grape Juice, Mary Holz-Clause, Craig Tordsen Jan 2006

Web-Based Interactive Decision Model For Determining Economic Feasibility Of Growing Grapes And Establishing A Small Winery For Wine And Grape Juice, Mary Holz-Clause, Craig Tordsen

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Farmers and entrepreneurs interested in growing grapes and producing wine receive a realistic picture of the process and what it takes to be successful by using these web-based decision-making tools.


Beef Cattle Feeding In Deep-Bedded Hoop Barns, Mark S. Honeyman Jan 2006

Beef Cattle Feeding In Deep-Bedded Hoop Barns, Mark S. Honeyman

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

A low-cost, versatile bedded hoop barn for feeding cattle may help alleviate runoff and other environmental problems associated with open beef cattle feedlots while maintaining animal performance.


Biological Control Of The Soybean Aphid In Organic And Sustainable Soybean Production Systems, Junwei Zhu, Rick Exner Jan 2006

Biological Control Of The Soybean Aphid In Organic And Sustainable Soybean Production Systems, Junwei Zhu, Rick Exner

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Predatory insects and parasitoids can be used to suppress soybean aphid populations. This project explores the development of bio-based insect lures to enhance the efficacy of biological control of soybean aphids.


Economically Optimal Enterprise Mix For Iowa Farms, Shane Ellis Jan 2006

Economically Optimal Enterprise Mix For Iowa Farms, Shane Ellis

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

FARMOR, a computer simulation program developed by this project, will allow producers to make calculations about the best mix of enterprises for their unique farm operation.