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Cover Crops Do's and Don't's
This publication addresses the facts and myths related to weed, insect, and disease management when using cover crops. This publication was created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from land-grant universities across the North Central Region and Ontario.  CSI

Available from the Crop Protection Network.
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Conservation Techniques for Vegetable Production: Combining Strip-Tillage and Cover Crops
Strip-tillage is when a crop is planted into narrow, tilled strips and the non-tilled area between the strips might contain residue from the previous season's main crop or a living or dead cover crop.

Combining strip-tillage and cover crops offers various benefits including minimal soil erosion, maintains soil moisture and weed suppression. This publication provides basic information on using a strip-tillage system with rolled cover crops as a conservation best management practice in vegetable production systems such broccoli, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes.
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DNR Commercial Manure Applicator Certification Fact Sheet: MAC - Manure Applicator Certification
This form provides background information on manure applicator certification including legal issues, training courses, testing, late fees, certificates, requirements, and disciplinary actions.

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DNR Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification Fact Sheet: MAC - Manure Applicator Certification
DNR's manure applicator certification: includes information on who is affected, becoming certified, maintaining certification, grace period, late fees, manure application, duplicate certificates, certification training courses, testing, training manual, test preparation, requirements for manure application, and disciplinary actions.
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Grazing native plants in Iowa: processes and experiences
Find out how grazing livestock on Iowa prairies and grasslands can balance economics with ecology, benefiting both the land manager and the producer. Compares available nutrients and costs of various grasses, forbs, and hay. Describes relationship between grazing native plants and increasing wildlife diversity. Profiles six operations including graziers, land managers, and conservationists.
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Attitudes Toward Cover Crops in Iowa: Benefits and Barriers
Learn how research on cover crops as a means toward maintaining and increasing soil productivity, also reduce agriculture's environmental impacts.

Based on data from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2010 Summary Report.
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Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use
Make high tunnels more profitable for crop production by installing a system to catch, store, and reuse the rainwater from periodic rain events. The authors describe system components, give approximate costs, and detail year-round maintenance procedures. Also described is a drip irrigation system.
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Incorporating Prairies into Multifunctional Landscapes
See how prairies can benefit farms and find the steps necessary to establish and manage prairies. Look at various uses for prairies: livestock grazing, hay production, biomass feedstocks, and carbon sequestering.
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Converting to Pasture or Hay - Evaluating Current Vegetation | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Don't destroy current CRP vegetation until you evaluate all your options.
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Maximizing Profitability on Highly Erodible Land in Iowa | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Options in grass may be the most profitable for CRP land when the long term cost of erosion is considered. Get the details on six income options: CRP, two rotational grazing options, two crop options (rotational corn/soybean), and alfalfa/orchard grass hay.
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Rented Land in Iowa: Social and Environmental Dimensions
More than half of Iowa farmland is rented.

Decisions regarding who has access to that land and how it is farmed can influence the social and environmental outcomes of family farming.

See what the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discovered about rented land in Iowa. Recommendations are suggested to ensure that non-operator landownership is either neutral or beneficial to farm operators, farmland owners, rural communities, and the land itself.
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Converting CRP Contract Land to an Active Grazing System on Your Farm - Evaluating Resources and Setting Goals | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Tips for setting management goals before converting CRP land to active grazing. Evaluate livestock, pasture, and management resources.
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Converting CRP Land to Pasture - Managing Weeds and Fertility | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Suggestions for taking care of weed and brush problems on CRP land before beginning a grazing system. Good grazing management will help maintain fertility and reduce further weed problems.
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Converting to Pasture or Hay - Repairing, Replanting CRP Land | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Consider your options for establishing and renovating pastures.
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Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual
The manual will be a valuable resource for organic farmers, educators, students, and professional advisors interested in the do’s, don’ts, how’s, and why’s of organic crop rotation. Crop Rotation on Organic Farms will be most applicable for the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, but will also be useful in other parts of the U.S., Canada, and even Europe. The authors consulted with expert organic farmers to develop crop rotation guidelines and strategies that can be applied under various field conditions and with a wide range of crops. In addition, the book includes instructions for making crop rotation planning maps using Microsoft Excel and discusses intercropping and crop rotation during the transition to organic farming.
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Converting to Pasture or Hay - Forage Seeding Mixtures | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Get detailed seed mixture recommendations to improve the productivity and nutritive value of forage legumes and/or grasses.
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Life After CRP - Decisions, Decisions | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Consider five important factors when deciding what to do when CRP contracts expire.
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Lease Alternatives for CRP Land | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Find out about the various lease options for CRP land: crop share, livestock share, cash lease, or flexible lease.
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Resource Inventory Guide | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Use this worksheet to inventory the resources you have to work with concerning your CRP land.
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Insect Management for Corn and Soybean | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Discusses potential insect problems and suggests management options for corn and soybean production on former CRP acres.
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A Targeted Conservation Approach for Improving Environmental Quality
Find out how targeted conservation practices can have the most impact on environmental quality while causing only a small change in overall agricultural production. Environmental benefits are discussed related to clean air and water, productive soils, diverse wildlife and plant habitat, and biological controls for crop protection.
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Separation Distances for Land Application of Manure from Open Feedlots & Confinement Feeding Operations, Including SAFOs: MAC - Manure Applicator Certification
Summary of manure application rules observed by Iowa law. Guidance document only; not to be used as replacement for the administrative rules (567 IAC chapter 65).
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Strip Intercropping: A CRP Conversion Option | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Strip intercropping can result in higher yields and profitability than monocropping systems. Sound weed management is critical for this system. Learn about an example of a corn, soybean, and oats system.
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Data Collection Worksheet for RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorous Index
This worksheet provides guidelines for using the computer program RUSLE2 (Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2) and for calculating the Iowa Phosphorous Index. These are needed in nutrient management and conservation planning.
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Tillage Options After CRP | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
In making tillage decisions for CRP land, consider conservation concerns, farming objectives, and plant and soil conditions. This publication provides research results to help you.
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Applying Fertilizer and Lime to CRP Land | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Sample and test soil to determine how much fertilizer, manure, and lime to apply to meet crop needs when converting land in CRP to crop production.
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Planting Corn or Soybeans into CRP Sod Ground | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Get the details on planting corn or soybeans into CRP sod ground. Soybeans may offer fewer problems than corn.
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The Local Planning Commission: Roles and Responsibilities -- Land Use Series
Not all Iowa communities take advantage of their latent planning powers. Learn how the land-use planning process can provide orderly development.
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Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture
Detailed information on organic agriculture including history, legalities and logistics, labeling, marketing, and pest and weed management. Includes two field examples on organic soybean and apple production.
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High Quality Water Resources
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A Zoning Option for Small Communities -- Land Use Series
Learn about the pros and cons of restricted residence districts for smaller communities.
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Preserving Natural Habitat in Iowa -- Land Use Series
Iowa has the smallest percentage of its original natural habitat remaining of all the 50 states. Learn more about the benefits of preserving biodiversity.
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Preserving Iowa's Farmland: Why is it Important? How Can it be Done? -- Land Use Series
Once land is lost to farming, it is hard to recover it. Learn more about Iowa's farmland protection programs.
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Rights in Property and Land Use Regulation: Tradition and Tension in a Changing World -- Land Use Series
Learn about achieving balance between personal property rights and the common good.
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Sprawl and Growth Management -- Land Use Series
Iowa's open spaces invite unmanaged land development. Learn what tools exist to control growth.
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The Comprehensive Plan -- Land Use Series
Creating a comprehensive land use plan requires detailed professional involvement and significant public input.
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The Zoning Ordinance -- Land Use Series
Evenhanded administration of a carefully drafted zoning ordinance is one of the best ways to ensure a livable, attractive city or county. Learn more.
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An Explanation of Chapter 335 of the Iowa Code - County Zoning in Iowa
Chapter 335 of the Iowa Code delegates zoning authority to counties, which helps give direction in developing and controlling future growth. This publication is a resource for Iowa county officials and citizens interested in chapter 335.
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