How Iowa State University’s agricultural and biosystems engineering program achieved its No. 1 national ranking

BSE student named recipient of scholarship honoring food security advocate David Lambert named at Borlaug Dialogue Symposium

An Iowa State University sophomore and junior studying global hunger issues are the first recipients of a new endowed scholarship honoring global food security advocate David Lambert. Katelyn Fritz from Pleasant Hill and Michelle Friedmann of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, were named recipients of the David Lambert ‘Hunger Fighter’ Memorial Scholarship, that honors his efforts in [Continue Reading…]

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.

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…]

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…]

Harvest-related publications included in food safety series available from Iowa State University

“Increased production coupled with consumer demands for food safety assurance require good manufacturing practices and the training to support them, at all levels of the grain market,” said Charles Hurburgh, professor-in-charge of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. “Market activities are much more interrelated than in the past.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State experts available to comment on 2016 harvest

Charles Hurburgh, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Hurbugh said producers will face challenges on several fronts during this year’s harvest. Alternating periods of precipitation and high humidity across the state have created favorable conditions for high moisture and mold in the crop, which means grain quality will vary for many producers, he said. “The [Continue Reading…]