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Farm Energy: Electric Savings: Understanding Demand And 3-Phase Motor Use, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang Dec 2009

Farm Energy: Electric Savings: Understanding Demand And 3-Phase Motor Use, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Sometimes simple changes can reduce energy use on the farm. Explore details on demand charges and 3-phase motors.


Farm Energy: Tracking The Energy Use On Your Farm, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang Dec 2009

Farm Energy: Tracking The Energy Use On Your Farm, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Find out how to track your energy use on the farm with a simple energy log by using the provided Excel file linked within the PDF.


Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used On Your Farm?, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang Nov 2009

Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used On Your Farm?, H. Mark Hanna, Jay D. Harmon, Jane Flammang

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Discover how Iowa farm energy use compares to other states and how individuals can save energy on the farm. First in a series of publications in the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative.


Livestock Industry Facilities And Environment: Concrete Specifications For Agriculture, Dwaine S. Bundy, Jay D. Harmon Nov 2009

Livestock Industry Facilities And Environment: Concrete Specifications For Agriculture, Dwaine S. Bundy, Jay D. Harmon

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Specific recommendations for concrete guidelines for use in your agricultural business.


Livestock Industry Facilities And Environment: Choosing Fans For Livestock And Poultry Ventilation, Jay D. Harmon, Hongwei Xin Nov 2009

Livestock Industry Facilities And Environment: Choosing Fans For Livestock And Poultry Ventilation, Jay D. Harmon, Hongwei Xin

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Good quality fans are essential for proper performance of mechanically ventilated facilities. Learn the basic principles of fan quality, rating, performance, installation, and fans for specialized uses.


Ag Decision Maker: Combine Ownership Or Custom Hire, William M. Edwards, H. Mark Hanna Nov 2009

Ag Decision Maker: Combine Ownership Or Custom Hire, William M. Edwards, H. Mark Hanna

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Includes advantages and disadvantages of custom hiring and information on estimating costs; includes worksheets.


Grain Test Weight Deception, Carl J. Bern, Thomas J. Brumm Oct 2009

Grain Test Weight Deception, Carl J. Bern, Thomas J. Brumm

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

Test weight is used as an indicator of general grain quality and is a measure of grain bulk density. Test weight, but not overall grain weight, normally increases during drying. Erroneous calculations using test weights can incorrectly infer that drying systems that increase test weight also increase the number of bushels that can be sold. This bulletin explains the use of test weight in the grain industry, how it can be used to determine grain value, and why some calculations involving test weight can be deceptive.


Host Plant Resistance To The Soybean Aphid, Matthew E. O'Neal, Erin W. Hodgson Oct 2009

Host Plant Resistance To The Soybean Aphid, Matthew E. O'Neal, Erin W. Hodgson

Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications

This fact sheet will address how host plant resistance affects the soybean aphid, and summarizes field performance data collected from Iowa.


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.