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ISSUE DATE: 10/03/2011

Conservation practices reduce nitrates in water

By Jennifer Carrico

Through the past 50 years of farming, Webster City, Iowa, farmer Arlo Van Diest has tried many different pieces of equipment and many different practices. His goal is to leave the land better for future generations.

From moldboard plows to chisel plows and now strip tilling and bioreactors, he has con-tinually worked for improving conservation on his 2,300-acre farm in north central Iowa.

"Putting in a bioreactor nearly three years ago was an easy decision for me because it was supposed to decrease nitrates in the water,ā€ said Van Diest. "Iā€™ve seen the benefits of the first one, with a nearly 70 percent reduction in nitrates in the water. I wanted to put another in to see if I would have similar success.ā€


NEWS

Ag grant and loan applications due Oct. 3
Ag research bill proposed in Senate
Ag safety a priority in Kansas
AgriLife Extension series to focus on urban farming
Banks: Hoarding, helping or hurting?
Bill aims to prevent EPA farm dust regulation
Colorado agricultural export growth continues
Ecologist to study regional monsoon phenomena
Extension offers food safety short course
Farm Family of the Year honored at state fair
FSA emergency loans available
Global demand drives food prices higher
Governor's Burn Ban changes
Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership launches redesigned website
Kansas Ancestor Fair to be held in Topeka
Kansas receives SBA trade grant
Moran names Dodge City woman to selection board
Pre-Medicare informational program set for Oct. 6
Professor receives national ag teaching honor
Reducing nitrogen pollution
Rural Development awards funds to Center for Rural Affairs
Start early to get EQIP's 2012 forestry funding
UAPB to host federal programs workshop
UNL releases new mobile apps
USCA supports Charitable Agricultural Research Act
USDA launches Ending Childhood Hunger Student Video Contest
Volunteers raise funds for one-room school projects

CROPS

Ag at the Crossroads Conference to focus on ag business transition
Agritourism safety guidelines updated
Caution recommended this year for on-farm storage
Coastal Bend Farm and Ranch Show set for Oct. 6 and 7
Colorado's wine industry continues to grow
Conservation practices reduce nitrates in water
Corn rust webcasts launched
Drought complicates wheat seeding decisions
Drought takes its toll on Texas pumpkin patch
Extension to conduct Master Marketer Short Course
Farm and ranch show will feature hands-on demonstrations
Farmers shine in Kansas Wheat Yield Contest
Food prices higher in third quarter
Funding available to conserve water in Ogallala Aquifer
Kansas farmer to join United Soybean Board
Measuring harvest losses
New areas added to Nebraska Platte-Republican CREP
NMDA announces new organic program
Panicle blight's effects showing at rice harvest
Pesticide collection, disposal event set for Oct. 8
Planting winter canola
Rotating crops a valuable practice
Sorghum and Sunflower Field Day is Oct. 3
Sorghum research conference concludes
Soybean Yield and Quality Contests expand
Studies to look at economic impact of transportation issues
Studying corn at different seeding, irrigation rates
Sunflower insurance expansion approved
Taiwan signs agreement to buy $484.5M in Kansas wheat
UNL bean plots part of worldwide effort to improve crop
VEETC set to expire in December
Wind turbine tours recognize renewable energy efforts
Winter wheat yield may tie record crop
Zero Tolerance practice helps fight pigweed in test plot

LIVESTOCK

16th WCRR to be held in Amarillo Nov. 10 to 13
2011 KPRA champions named at finals in Hays, KS
4-H Dairy Cow Camp educates youth
Apply for assistance before rebuilding fences
Audit includes Kansas Beef Council
Beef checkoff funding proposals authorized
Bison ranchers take concerns to Capitol Hill
Bull breeding soundness clinics to be held
Buying hay for horses
CAB education, culinary center project under way
Cattle feeders share data and family-style connections
Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame inductees announced
Certified Hereford Beef posts high volume
Good management can ensure livestock profits
K-State student wins prestigious scholarship
More counties eligible for Livestock Forage Disaster Program
NCBA accepting public policy intern applications
Operating dairies seasonally
OSU to host Master Cattleman Summit
Parents and children team up for Kids in the Kitchen Beef Cookoff
Parish, Doescher win Labor Day Pasture Roping
Pork production, education focus of tri-state project
Ranchers win CAB honors
Sheep and Goat Field Day set for Oct. 15
Sheep industry shares farm bill priorities
Stockgrowers wrap up successful convention
Subcommittee listens to concerns about feed availability
Swine specialist works to keep Iowa pork production at the top
Texas ranchers culling herds
Tips every horse owner should know
Turning $1-per-head assessments into opportunities
Youth Beef Leadership Symposium set for November

EDITOR

Harvest Moon or Bad Moon Rising?
Heroes wanted
Sowing the seeds for jobs, preparing the ground for biofuels
Told you so

COLUMNS

Introductory genomics course available online
Just a scoop full
People need pride and profit
Software manages crop expenses
The American bison: Romance and reality
Year-end tax planning

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Corn and soybean harvest under way
Corn harvest makes rapid progress
Crop conditions dropping slightly
Crops receive mild storm damage
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drought and insect damage found in crops
Dry weather allows harvest to pick up momentum
Fall crop planting has begun
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids higher
Hay prices remain steady
Hay trade moderate to active
High Plains slaughter sales report
McAlester livestock market report
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock market report
Planting progresses with warmer weather
Pratt 3 p.m., cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina cattle sales report
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock market report
Superior video auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm, dry conditions allow harvest to progress
Warm, dry conditions prevail
Weather has slowed drying of crops
Winter wheat seeding progresses well

RANGE

Decide whether to do a second brome cutting
Fertilize cool-season grasses in fall
Grazing cattle best for pastures, water quality and calf health
Hay growers try to keep up with demand
Last management-intensive grazing school scheduled
Range meeting set for Oct. 5 and 6
Research center offers grazing workshop
Simple steps can help prevent hay bale fires
Use caution when buying hay

FAMILY

4-H members do well at state fair
AgriLife Extension offers wildfire recovery advice
Beekeeping for Beginners offered
Canterbury unique from all sides
Coming to grips with a problem
Creative kids in the kitchen
Dodge City Days named one of top 100 events
Extension Homemakers host programs
Find fall farm fun
Manage pests safely in the home and garden
Meditation for 10-3-11
No need for 'pumpkin panic'
ODAFF creating Feral Swine Directory
Oklahoma Recycling Association to host seminar
Seasonal decorating focus of noon program
Texas AgriLife Research scientists making better melons
The City
Tips for choosing quality compost
Wildlife commissioners propose changes to turkey hunting regulations
You can't beat beets

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