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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Moisture Update

I have done several investigations to the five foot depth this winter. I have found soil moisture to be surprisingly good, but moisture is not completely recharged. 2 to 3 more inches of rain before the growing season begins will take us into the season in good shape. While this is good news concerning reserves, minimizing tillage passes and keeping good residue cover on the surface is still a good idea that will conserve moisture and maintain cooler temperatures to help crops survive another potentially dry summer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Iowa State CNMP training

I attended Iowa State University's training on Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning. The training seemed very complete, but I found I also needed to complete a class that NRCS offers over the net, but you have to download the information. It was also very thorough, but covered different topics to a certain extent. I never expected to be working with livestock, but it certainly is an opportunity at this time.