Ag engineering alum treks across Illinois at record pace

Just as she’s done the past four summers, Kelsey Regan, who graduated with her masters in agricultural engineering last year, plans to pedal one leg of next week’s RAGBRAI — the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. She initially purchased a bike five years ago from Healthy Habits in Bettendorf to participate in the weeklong event, [Continue Reading…]

AST alum plans new grazing system

Before Allamakee County livestock producer Ryan Collins, a 2009 graduate of the ag systems technology program at Iowa State University, purchased his own farm in 2011, he knew the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service could help him plan a rotational grazing system through previous experiences with the agency on land his family rented.

Iowa State researchers describe copper-induced misfolding of prion proteins

Local orgs partner up to offer Engineering Kids Camps

3D Paper Based Microbial Fuel Cell Gives Decent Output Power With Zero Current Consumption

Students Study How Engineering Makes Things Work at Jack Trice Stadium

I Tec alum promoted to CEO of Toro

The Toro Co., a manufacturer of mowers and other gardening equipment, today announced that Rick Olson will be its next CEO. Olson, 52, joined Toro in 1986 as a manufacturing process engineer. He was promoted last August to chief operating officer from his previous position as group vice president of international and micro-irrigation businesses. He joined [Continue Reading…]

Hanna: Top causes for mechanical corn yield loss

Harvest equipment can have a lot to do with how much yield loss you experience. Being attentive to both equipment and field conditions is critical in minimizing yield loss. Research shows during harvest, 60% of yield loss typically occurs at the corn head, according to Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer Mark Hanna.

AR not just for Pokemon Go!

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced that it has issued seven national applied research, development, and demonstration awards. These projects address several digital manufacturing and design topics, including augmented reality for use on manufacturing shop floors and on wearable and mobile devices.

Strip-tillage and cover Crop field day planned for July 28 in Webster County

Speaking at the field day is Matt Helmers, professor and extension specialist in ag and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. He will highlight practices and ongoing research efforts to meet the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Mark Hanna, extension agricultural engineer, will share tips on adjusting planter settings for strip-till and no-till [Continue Reading…]

Strip-till technologies focus of ISU field day, July 13

The event will begin with a discussion of agronomic considerations for strip-tillage. Sessions on fall versus spring strip-tillage and the use of UAV technology for crop scouting will follow. The day will conclude with lunch and an optional field tour of strip-till research at Iowa State. Matt Darr and Mark Hanna will make presentations during the [Continue Reading…]

Helmers: Soil erosion can wash out profits

Cover crops, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program wetlands, saturated buffers and bioreactors all successfully reduce nitrates, said Matt Helmers, Iowa State Extension ag engineer. The Nashua research farm has replicated subsurface drainage plots to evaluate the performance of various in-field management practices. It also has one of the first bioreactors built in Iowa. “It’s possible to meet our [Continue Reading…]