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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 Nutr
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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
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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.
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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
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Keeping pesticides and nutrients in the field (Unit=Pkg of 25) [Previously known as PAT 0055]
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 pract
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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
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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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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 we
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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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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) progr
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Factors Affecting Pesticide Drift [Previously known as PAT 0045A]
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
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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 nitra
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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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