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Reducing Nutrient Loss: Science Shows What Works
Iowa has been working for decades to protect and improve water quality through best scientific management, land use, and edge-of-field practices to reduce nutrient loss from farmland.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. Updated annually.
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Midwest Farmer Adaptive Management Responses to Perceptions of Excess Water-related Risks
A helpful handout for discussing variables that may influence farmer decisions regarding on-farm management practices, such as the decision to plant or not plant cover crops. This handout is based on research by the social science team of the USDA Sustainable Corn Project, led by Iowa State University.

More details specific to this research and handout can be found online at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275651778, in a paper authored by Lois Wright Morton, Jon Hobbs, J.G. Arbuckle Jr., and Adam Loy
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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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Pesticide Container Recycling
Know which containers to recycle; what procedures to follow (including cleansing, bagging, and pickup); and where recycling sites are located. Describes the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) program.
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Managing Pesticide Containers
Find your legal requirements to manage pesticide containers, options for recycling, and safe methods to clean containers. Gives a nine-step cleaning process.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: Farmer Perspectives on Pesticide Resistance
Survey results for the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll concern farmers’ perceptions on pesticide resistance. Questions focused on farmer experience with resistant weeds and rootworms, concern about resistance, use of various resistance management practices, and the perceived effectiveness of those practices.
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Keeping pesticides and nutrients in the field (Unit=Pkg of 25)
Find management practices that keep pesticides and nutrients in the field and out of Iowa's rivers and streams. Describes how pesticides move through the soil. Includes a checklist of management practices to protect water resources.

(Previously known as PAT 0055)
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Site-Specific Nutrient Management
Site-specific management and planning for nutrient inputs is needed for optimizing economic return and minimizing effects on environmental quality. This publication includes information about factors that influence soil fertility, fertilization management, and associated relations with environmental quality.
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Pesticides and Water Quality
Find out how you can reduce pesticide contamination of water — whether you're treating a corn field, a lawn, or a building structure. You'll know more about Iowa watersheds, runoff, and leaching as well as best management practices to follow.

Previously known as PAT 0049X
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Cockroaches and Their Control
Learn about the five cockroach species in Iowa and the management and chemical treatment possibilities.
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Factors Affecting Pesticide Drift
Find out what factors affect pesticide drift distances during ground spray application conditions. Tips are provided for reducing drift.

(Previously known as PAT 0045A)
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National Pest Alert -- West Nile Virus in North America
West Nile encephalitis, a mosquito-transmitted disease, was first documented in North America during the summer of 1999, when an outbreak occurred in New York City. Since that time, cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection have been confirmed innortheastern, north central, southern, and western regions of the United States, and the virus is expected to spread throughout North America. Read this bulletin and be well informed about WNV.
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Vegetative Filter Strips - For Improved Surface Water Quality
Vegetative filter strips are planted along streams, ponds, and lakes, and are important management tools to reduce runoff and improve water quality. Find out more.
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Coping with Contaminated Wells
The most common cause of well water test failures is bacterial problems caused by well deterioration. This publication addresses how to handle contaminated well issues by looking at coliform and nitrate problems.
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Agricultural Pesticide Impacts on Prairie Wetlands
This publication encourages safe and effective use of pesticides as the way of doing business to protect our vital wetlands. Learn about wetlands and how they can be protected.
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