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.

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…]

Ukrainians study grain logistics at Iowa State

Iowa State University (ISU) in May welcomed seven Cochran fellows from Ukraine for training centered on improving post-harvest grain logistics and decreasing trade barriers between the U.S. and Ukraine. The director of the training program, Dirk Maier, is a professor and post-harvest engineer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU. Maier, who is [Continue Reading…]

Darr: How today’s farmers got a head-start on tomorrow’s tech

“In a day and age when you get excited about what’s happening with autonomous vehicles and folks like Google are making strides, we’re proud that agriculture has been using it in food production in the US for going on two decades now,” said Matt Darr, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Agriculture [Continue Reading…]

Hanna: Cut combine maintenance time with a preharvest inspection

A common issue with any machinery stored for long periods of time can be especially damaging to electronic components, wiring and sensors, says Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer Mark Hanna. “It’s probably been 10 or 11 months since you’ve run that machine, so it’s important to watch for rodent damage.”

MSA Professional Services awards scholarship to Pech

BARABOO, WI: As a future agricultural engineer, Spencer Pech wants to help create a more sustainable form of agriculture that can help feed the world in the future. MSA Professional Services (MSA), Baraboo, WI, recently awarded Pech a $1,000 scholarship for the fall 2016 semester to help him achieve that goal.

Improving fan efficiency in barns

Katlyn DeVoe grew up on a dairy farm in in Juda, a small town in southern Wisconsin, where her and her family milked 100 head of cattle. When she was ready to go to college, she wanted to continue to learn more about the dairy industry at a strong university that still offered a small-town feeling.

Cyclone Power Pullers collect hardware at 2016 1/4-Scale Competition

6th place overall; 1st place – written design report; 3rd place – team presentation; winner of safety category, winner of sound level category.

Modules provide education on grain handling, storage safety

The series is authored by Iowa State researchers Greg Brenneman, agricultural engineering specialist; Steve Johnson, farm management specialist; Erin Bowers, postdoctorate research associate in agriculture and biosystems engineering; Charles Hurburgh, professor and extension ag health and safety specialist in agriculture and biosystems engineering; Alison Robertson, associate professor and extension specialist in plant pathology and microbiology; [Continue Reading…]