STRIPS: A Sustainable Solution for the Corn Belt

It’s hard to imagine maintaining the current food system without Iowa. Yet that state — symbolic of both the unparalleled richness of our continent’s agricultural potential and the mess we’ve made of it — has undergone a transformation almost as profound as the land on which cities have been built. A state that was once [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace

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Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. Their goal is to produce commercially viable bioplastic adhesives that will [Continue Reading...]

Helmers: Delayed harvest is slowing some land-improvement work

Bruce Barnhart is still playing catch up on land improvement work in his fields before winter starts. Barnhart, owner of Barnhart’s Custom Services, says there was very little winter land improvement done this past year due to the extremely cold weather. They started doing some of the winter work at the end of March. Then, [Continue Reading...]

New videos focus on prairie strips as an emerging conservation practice

Conservation and production goals are often pitted against each other, but one project is showing how the two objectives need not be mutually exclusive. “The science is showing us that we can have both,” says Iowa State University researcher Lisa Schulte Moore. That’s great news for farmers because, as Gary Van Ryswyk says, “Anybody who [Continue Reading...]

15th annual Drainage Research Forum is Nov. 18

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The 15th annual Drainage Research Forum will be Nov. 18 at the Iowa State University Alumni Center on campus. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum provides results and updates on drainage research and farm projects by university and agency research leaders. It is jointly [Continue Reading...]

Hurburgh: Finding space for grain will be a challenge

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Last week, Iowa farmers were about two-thirds finished with what’s expected to be 504.4 million bushels of soybeans, the state’s second-largest crop ever. Just finding space to put all the grain will be a challenge. Iowa State University professor Charles Hurburgh expects to see a record amount of corn piled across Iowa. He said it [Continue Reading...]

AST alum featured as CALS young alum of the month

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Name: Ryan Jardon Title and Company: Product Specialist – John Deere, Seeding Group in Moline, IL Hometown: Randolph, IA Major and Graduation Date: B.S., Agricultural Systems Technology (AST), December 2010 Major Job/Position Responsibilities: I responsible for being the voice of the customer for our air seeding product line- specifically the air cart. As future products [Continue Reading...]

ISU part of team honored for excellence in multi-state water conservation research

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Iowa State University is part of a team of 20 land-grant universities that has received a national award for water conservation research. The 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award was presented to the research team on Nov. 3 by the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy. The team was honored at [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station

Nir Keren (left) and Tor Finseth, a graduate assistant in aerospace engineering, examine a virtual simulation of the International Space Station inside the C6 at Iowa State University. Image courtesy of Nir Keren.

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service They say space is the final frontier, but it’s just another day at the office at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. Instead of boldly going in a starship capable of warp speeds, Nir Keren, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, can reach [Continue Reading...]

ABE grad wins first place at Iowa NSF EPSCoR poster competition

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“Out of an excellent show, it was just picking the aces,” explained Iowa NSF EPSCoR Annual All-Hands Meeting Poster Competition judge Ganesh Rajagopalan. Rajagopalan was one of five judges who scored almost fifty student research posters at the competition July 22, 2014. The top three posters of the competition were given cash awards by Iowa [Continue Reading...]

Not your dad’s biodiesel: REG explains what makes 2014 biodiesel better

Kelsey Erickson, REG

Biodiesel is shedding past myths, as production processes and quality standards have evolved. Biorefiners, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc., now utilize inedible corn oil, animal fats, vegetable oils and used restaurant oil and grease to produce biodiesel. Industry standards have provided consistency in quality, allowing biodiesel to be blended year round with petroleum diesel at [Continue Reading...]

ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies

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In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which is expected to launch production this fall. The corn stover harvesters [Continue Reading...]

Celebrating the completed Biorenewables Complex

Ribbon cutting from the ISU dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall

On September 25, a special event took place on the Iowa State campus – the official dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for our Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). The new facilities provide 100,000+ square feet of research labs, classrooms, student spaces and offices – providing a state-of-the-art learning [Continue Reading...]

Change Agent: Hongwei Xin

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His father told him years ago on a farm in rural China that science has no borders, and it was a lesson Hongwei Xin took to heart. Decades later and half a world away, Xin has dedicated his career to applying science to agriculture, making operations a little more efficient and life a little easier [Continue Reading...]

Ag Study Abroad Blog – Jacob Parle, Poland

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My favorite experience about this trip was getting the privilege of meeting other students from another county. I may touch on this again in some other questions, but the one thing that was my favorite out of the whole trip was meeting students. It was interesting talking to them and working with them, sharing differences [Continue Reading...]

Buchele awarded Anson Marston Medal

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Wesley Buchele, professor emeritus of ISU’s department of agricultural and biosystems engineering, served in the U.S. Army and worked as a tractor engineer at the Deere & Company Waterloo Works before embarking on a career in academia. He began as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas in 1948 and then joined Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State University researchers turn to robotics to improve understanding of plant growth

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Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. The project was funded recently by a $929,773 grant from the National Science Foundation. ISU personnel plan to have a prototype of the [Continue Reading...]

ISU soil judging team wins regional competition

The Iowa State University Soil Judging Team won the Region 5 Collegiate Soil Judging contest held here Oct. 2. ISU hosted the contest, which was authorized by the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. Kansas State University, University of Minnesota, Missouri State University, University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University [Continue Reading...]

Digital Repository reaches milestones

ISU Alumni Association confers awards at Homecoming

Six engineering college alumni receive honors on October 10, 2014. At the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony, six distinguished engineering alumni will be recognized by Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering. The event, which is celebrating its 83rd year, is open to the public and will be held at Benton Auditorium [Continue Reading...]

Volunteers dig in at ABE

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Approximately 60 people — including landscape professionals from around the state and horticulture faculty and students from Iowa State and Kirkwood Community College — participated in a Sept. 11 service day project outside Sukup and Elings halls. The volunteer crew installed an estimated 1,950 perennials and grasses, 73 shrubs and 22 trees, and hand-spread about [Continue Reading...]

ISU dedicates Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

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More than 450 people attended the Sept. 25 dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, two new buildings that serve as the home for Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. “I’m pleased to dedicate Elings and Sukup halls as the anchors of our beautiful Biorenewables Complex,” said ISU President Steven Leath. “They [Continue Reading...]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading...]

A glimpse into the completed Biorenewables Complex

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Steve Mickelson, chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, sat down with The Des Moines Register to talk about the newly constructed Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, which now house ABE on the campus’ west end. The Register also featured the artwork, “Floating World,” which is a tribute to agricultural progress hanging [Continue Reading...]

MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU agriculture experts available to comment on 2014 harvest

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Charles Hurburgh, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Hurburgh, an expert on grain storage, said Iowa farmers may have dodged a freezing-cold bullet last weekend when the possibility of a frost didn’t pan out for the vast majority of cropland in the state. “We got lucky,” he said. “Most of Iowa was about one degree [Continue Reading...]