Matt Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. The center funds research by scientists at Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa to address nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient losses to surface waters.
“We’ve been looking at these practices for a long time to identify how we can reduce nitrate loss from drainage systems and optimize crop production,” says Matt Helmers, ISU Extension ag engineering professor and a member of the team that helped develop the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, introduced in 2013.
“We have 172 plots in all, and take about 4,000 water samples a year from them,” ISU Agricultural Engineering Specialist Dr. Matt Helmers told a group of farmers and agribusiness reps at the ISU Ag Engineering and Agronomy Research Farm near Boone. He said ISU has more than a $500,000 investment in drainage water quality …Continue reading “Helmers: Tile water nitrate testing”
In a recent Iowa Learning Farms webinar by Iowa State University Agronomist Matt Helmers, he dispelled some myths and misconceptions about water quality and drainage problems in corn and soybean fields.
Congratulations to the following ABE graduate students who were recently recognized by the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): Conrad Brendel – Iowa Section ASABE Outstanding M.S. student: Brendel grew up in Elizabethtown, PA and completed his B.S. at Iowa State in …Continue reading “ABE graduate students awarded scholarships”
By popular demand Dr. Matt Helmers set out to address some of the common questions, and sometimes misconceptions, about nitrate loss and drainage in this month’s Iowa Learning Farms webinar. Helmers is the Dean’s Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa …Continue reading “Q&A: Nitrate reduction and drainage with Iowa State’s Matt Helmers”
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.
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.
The Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Aug. 26 at its annual fall field day. The program will start at 10:30 a.m., with introductory comments from NEIAEA and Iowa State leaders in celebration of the farm’s accomplishments. John Lawrence, Iowa State associate dean for Agriculture and Natural Resources …Continue reading “ISU Northeast Research Farm to celebrate 40th anniversary on Aug. 26”
“It’s not as simple as, ‘We’ll do this one thing to solve the problem,’” said Matt Helmers, an agricultural engineering faculty member with Iowa State University. To that end, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has been partnered with many entities to look at different practices and find the most efficient ones. That includes …Continue reading “Helmers: Quality drainage needs a little bit of everything”
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering faculty, staff and students were once again a strong presence at the annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) conference. More winners will be announced in upcoming Inside magazines (ASABE publication): 2016 ASABE Major Award Winners: Carl Bern: Sukup Global Food Security Award Mark Hanna: SMV Technologies Ergonomics, Safety …Continue reading “ISU faculty, staff and students win big at ASABE in Orlando”