Cyclone Energy earns third consecutive first place finish in Green Energy Challenge

THE TEAM: Mid-September in a Cyclone Energy practice session. Ten students listen as their peers, one by one, run through a presentation for an ELECTRI/International NECA Green Energy Challenge (GEC) proposal. One member, Regan, makes edits to the PowerPoint. The group throws comments up rapid-fire style. There is joking, but there is also an edge in [Continue Reading…]

Helmers named to Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Committee

Two Iowa State University professors have been appointed to serve on the Agricultural Science Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Catherine Kling, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of economics, and Matthew Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, were nominated to the committee and agreed to serve starting Oct. 1.

World Food Day: Protecting natural resources through nutrient planning around the world

First established on Oct. 16, 1979, World Food Day recognizes the day in 1945 when 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, effectively managing the global food system.

CCEE alumnus Raymond “Paul” Giroux named Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers

Ask engineer and historian Raymond “Paul” Giroux to describe his recent recognition as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The first answer you will hear is “humbling.” Giroux, a ’79 construction engineering graduate of Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), accepted the prestigious honor [Continue Reading…]

Webinar to address common misconceptions about drainage and water quality

Iowa Learning Farms has hosted a number of field days in 2016 where farmers, landowners, agriculture professionals and many others have come together to learn about conservation farming practices. At these events, many attendees have had common questions, and sometimes common misconceptions, about water quality and drainage.

Hanna, ISU extension and outreach advises combine adjustment for wet fields

As the fall harvest continues to push on across the Midwest, frequent storms and rainfall have dampened many producers’ fields, and this trend will likely continue through October. Dr. H. Mark Hanna, an agricultural engineer with Iowa State University, has recently published a series of combine adjustment tips that could help producers better cope with [Continue Reading…]

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Hanna: Minimizing combine loss saves money

First on Mark Hanna’s list when it comes to saving money at harvest is minimizing combine losses. “Make sure you get all the grain you’ve got coming to you,” said Hanna, an Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer. “Two corn kernels per square foot or four soybeans per square foot equates to one bushel per acre loss. [Continue Reading…]

Schwab: Motorists urged to watch out for farm equipment as harvest gets underway

Iowa motorists are reminded harvest time is underway and drivers should be prepared to encounter combines and other large farm equipment on the road. Chuck Schwab, a safety specialist with Iowa State University Extension, says rear end collisions are among the most common crashes involving farm machinery.

Students conduct biomass research at BioCentury Research Farm

At the BioCentury Research Farm, student researchers are learning valuable skills, including how to use stalks from crops to create renewable biofuels and how to grow algae for use in aquaculture feed and water cleanup systems. The BioCentury Research Farm is the first integrated research and demonstration facility in the nation dedicated to biomass production [Continue Reading…]

ISU professor Bern receives Sukup Global Food Security Award

Dr. Carl J. Bern, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, has received the inaugural Sukup Global Food Security award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The award recognizes distinguished contributions to global food security through work and mentoring in grain drying, handling and storage. Bern mentors students in [Continue Reading…]

Hurburgh: After tests, some flood-damaged corn may be fed to livestock

Iowa farmers who had flooding in their corn fields may have the option of feeding some of that grain to livestock, but the corn must be tested first. “If the grain has been actually flooded, that is uncontrolled flood water over top of either the ear or the pod, then FDA — Food and Drug Administration [Continue Reading…]