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Vegetable Production Budgets for a High Tunnel
Figure high tunnel profitability for vegetable production with the systems and budgets described in this publication. The information is based on the detailed production records of five farmers growing crops such as bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, lettuce, and tomatoes.
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Energy Fundamentals for Farm Lighting - Farm Energy
Find basic information about several farm lighting options for security, worker safety, livestock production, and work after dark. Also gives a brief overview of energy efficiency for lighting options.
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Energy Efficient Fans for Swine Production - Farm Energy
Ventilation fans are the driving force behind the exchange of air that is necessary to create a healthy environment for animals and farm employees.
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Ventilate Your Swine Nursery Building
This publication has practical, accurate, basic information on ventilating swine nursery buildings. Find out how much air is needed, heating needs, winter ventilation control, pit ventilation, pre-heating ventilation air, and more.
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Choosing Fans for Livestock and Poultry Ventilation - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Good quality fans are essential for proper performance of mechanically ventilated facilities. Learn the basic principles of fan quality, rating, performance, installation, and fans for specialized uses.
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Concrete Specifications for Agriculture - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Specific recommendations for concrete guidelines for use in your agricultural business.
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Developing Dairy in Iowa: Remodeling Your Dairy -- Cost-effective Facilities
Compare the initial and annual costs of remodelig or building new facilities. Producers need to ask whether constraints or compromises will cause higher annual costs even though initial remodeling costs might be lower. Get details on design considerations.
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Managing Immature Crops for Grain or Silage -- Disaster Recovery
Tips on managing crops that may not mature before the first killing freeze of fall.
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Drip Cooling of Sows in Farrowing House
Research indicates that summer heat stress on sows can be reduced by using a system that continually drips water on the sow's shoulder in hot weather.
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Flat Bottom Gravity Drain Gutters for Swine Manure
One way to avoid long-term storage of manure in swine buildings is to use gravity drain gutters to remove manure to outside storage. This publication deals specifically with flat bottom gutters.
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Nipple Waterers for Swine
Nipple waterers are popular because they do not foul as easily as cup or bowl waterers. The flow rate needs to be monitored to determine if it is within the flow need for satisfactory water intake.
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Rigid Plastic Tubes for Pit Ventilation
Pit ventilation in livestock buildings can be accomplished with the use of fans along the sides or ends of a pit or by means of a duct system. More uniform pick-up of odors can be achieved with a duct than by using fans alone. This publication includes designs and specifications for maximum suggested airflow for each size duct.
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Vented Plumbing for Livestock Manure Handling Systems - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Animal manure systems that drain building manure pits into separate storage pits should have vented plumbing systems. This publication includes information on vented plumbing and information on other publications for additional help.
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Pit Recharge Manure Management System - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Use this system to provide better air quality inside livestock buildings and minimize equipment deterioration.
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Troubleshooting Natural Ventilation Systems - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Get details on using these four tools for trouble-shooting natural ventilation systems: a hi-low thermometer, a relative humidity sensor, ventilation smoke tubes, and your sensory perceptions.
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Mechanical Ventilation Design Worksheet for Swine Housing
Proper ventilation design helps ensure healthy and productive animals, healthy employees, and an efficient facility. This worksheet is intended to guide you through a simplified procedure for selecting the components of a ventilation system.
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Supplemental Ventilation Systems for Modified, Open-front Swine Buildings
Poor ventilation in modified open-front buildings often causes pigs to give less than optimal performance. Read about and view figures of how to modify open-front buildings.
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Synthetic Covers - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses synthetic covers on top of liquid storage units that provide a physical barrier between liquid manure and the air. Learn about their effectiveness in controlling odor.
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Aeration - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses aeration. It has not been used extensively in agriculture because of the added utility costs but has been used in other industries for years to stabilize waste solids, as well as control odors. The odor control effectiveness for the two cooperators demonstrating aeration are covered here.
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Biocovers - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses biocovers. They are fibrous biological materials such as straw or chopped cornstalks that are placed on top of liquid storage units to provide a physical aerobic barrier between the liquid manure surface and the air. Read about their effectiveness.
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Pit Additives - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 fact sheet discusses different pit additives and their effectiveness. Pit additives have been used for years to reduce odor emissions from livestock operations.
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Soil Injection - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses soil injection to control odors from manure during and after land application. Soil immediately covers the manure, isolating it from the air above. Read about effectiveness.
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Anaerobic Digestion - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses anaerobic digestion to stabilize waste solids, generate methane gas, and control odors. Read about its effectiveness.
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Composting - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses composting. It is an aerobic process that has been used for years to manage solid waste and to control odors, including those from livestock operations. Read about its effectiveness.
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Landscaping - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses landscaping as a barrier that provides visual isolation, aesthetic enhancement, and affects airflow near the site, reducing odor emissions from livestock operations. This fact sheet provides information on effectiveness.
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Solids Separation - Iowa Odor Control Demonstration Project
This 1998 publication discusses separating solids from the liquid waste stream. This shows promise in helping to reduce odor emissions from livestock operations. Read about its effectiveness.
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Shock Chlorinating Small Water Systems
Learn how to shock chlorinate a small water system to combat disease-causing bacteria and viruses that remain in a system following construction, repair, or maintenance.
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Watering Systems for Grazing Livestock - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Learn about water tank location, central water sources with short supply lines, distribution systems for individual paddocks, and more.
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Thermal Environmental Guidelines for Swine Housing - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Optimal temperature ranges for pigs through the life cycle.
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You Can't Afford Not to Haul Manure - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Cost-benefit analysis of properly using livestock manure.
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Farm Shop Plans
Floor plans, cross sections, and construction details for four shop sizes—24' x 32', 32' x 40', 40' x 48', 48' x 56'—are found in Farm Shop Plans Book. Also covered are preplanning, layout, materials, equipment, utilities, construction details, furnishings, accident prevention, and the environment. Detailed drawings, data tables, and bulleted lists facilitate use.
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Preservative Treated Wood for Farm and Home - Agricultural Engineers Digest
Detailed explanation of wood damaging factors and preventive methods. Includes overview of wood treatment methods. Includes illustrations.
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