LICA TOURS MINING OPERATION IN ACTION The first day of the 2017 Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) summer meeting tour, held in Colorado Springs on July 11 to 16, was spent touring a mining operation, allowing visitors to see active mining in just about every phase with various views: from the valley fill, gold recovery operation to the surface mine operation. The tour outlined modern-day methods that keep the historic gold mining legacy alive. The aim of LICA is to encourage high standards of workmanship in resource management, land improvement practices and to promote enterprises in the area of land improvement contracting. This association of contractors brings together people having similar interests and opportunities for improving our natural resources with an adequate profit. The summer meeting also included committee meetings, educational seminars, which touched on by-laws, conservation and strategic planning, and the event’s Associates’ Night where LICA’s National Associates exhibit products and services. FIVE YEARS OF GROWTH FOR WOLFE Over the course of five years Wolfe Equipment has transformed into a modern company with cutting-edge designs. Based in southwestern Ontario, Wolfe was purchased by Ed Veeke in 2012 and specializes in manufacturing drainage equipment, utility plows and wheel trenchers, primarily for the agriculture, and oil and gas markets. Since the purchase, Veeke made the decision to merge Wolfe with Parmerit, a company that specializes in automation, machining and fabrication. Since 2012, Wolfe has doubled its revenue, upgraded to next-day service in much of North America and made several changes to its products, including improving the painting process and designing a new cab. With operator comfort as a top priority, the new cab design includes air ride suspension, ergonomic controls, and the CAT C-15 Tier 4 engine, which also allows for greater fuel efficiency while meeting 2018 North American environmental standards. For more information, visit: wolfeequipment.com AGRI DRAIN PARTNERS WITH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER Agri Drain Corp., recently teamed up with Ecosystem Services Exchange (ESE) to provide technical assistance to contractors and landowners. Based in Adair, Iowa, Agri Drain has been a trusted resource in the agricultural industry for products and services that conserve water, improve water quality and wildlife habitat, increase yields, reduce flooding, minimize soil erosion and nutrient loss, and provide on-farm, agronomic benefits. ESE is a certified technical service provider to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and offers design and monitoring services for subsurface drainage, saturated buffers, bioreactors, drainage water management, and sub-irrigation systems. These plans can be financially supported by federal cost share programs through the USDA, which can help pay for the design, installation, and operation of drainage water management systems. Management services provided by ESE include the ability to raise and lower surface and subsurface water levels remotely through a patented proprietary operating system to increase yield, improve water quality, reduce flooding, and enhance wildlife habitat. Automated pumps and valves can also be incorporated into the system. For more information, contact Paul Sweeney, director of conservation planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-826-5112. IOWA NUTRIENT RESEARCH CENTER AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY FUNDS WATER QUALITY PROJECTS The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University has funded 11 new projects related to water quality. Researchers from Iowa State and the University of Iowa will collaborate on the projects with those from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Nature Conservancy, and East Carolina University. This is the fifth year the center has funded research. Projects include: • Does quantity and quality of tile drainage water impact in-stream eutrophication potential? Evidence from a long-term biofuel cropping systems experiment will measure chemical composition and the potential of subsurface drainage to cause a detrimental overabundance of nutrients from a variety of management practices. • Impacts of cover crops on phosphorus and nitrogen loss with surface runoff. An existing study will continue for two more years (conducted under natural rainfall) to evaluate impacts of a winter cereal rye cover crop on soil, nitrogen and phosphorus loss with surface runoff in a field testing high in phosphorus, managed with a corn-soybean rotation. • Total phosphorus loads in Iowa rivers and estimation of stream bank phosphorus contribution: will use new topographical information to expand on the evaluation and quantification of phosphorus loads in Iowa rivers. • Water quality evaluation of prairie strips across Iowa — will assess the effects of prairie strips on the quantity and quality of surface water runoff from cropped watersheds, and the effects of prairie strips on dissolved nutrient concentrations in shallow groundwater. The project information will be disseminated through field days, presentations and Iowa State University Extension and outreach fact sheets. • Modeling of nutrient reduction practices will focus on delivery-scale evaluation and modeling of the effectiveness of in-field and edge-of-field practices including cover crops, fertilizer management and wetlands in increasing ecosystem nitrogen and phosphorus retention and reducing downstream nutrient loads. • Amounts and forms of dissolved phosphorus lost with surface runoff as affected by phosphorus management and soil conservation practices: Will study dissolved phosphorus in runoff for a wide range of soil P levels, fertilizer and manure P management practices and soil conservation practices. • Woodchip bioreactors for improved water quality: Will evaluate nitrate-nitrogen fate in woodchip bioreactors over a range of water retention rates, while gaining knowledge about improved bioreactor design for field implementation. • Improving the effectiveness of conservation programs through innovative reverse auctions and sensible enrollment restrictions. This study will assess the value of reverse auctions and enrollment restrictions in improving the cost-effectiveness of conservation programs offered to Iowa farmers. • A study of limiting nitrogen immobilization in cover crop systems will look at ways to fine tune cover crop management so nitrogen immobilization is unlikely and it can be mineralized for crop use. • Successful voluntary watershed improvement projects: Do short-term adoption and outreach lead to attitude changes and longterm sustainable practice adoption? This study will look at the structural practices of conservation practices adoption and assess and compare farmers’ and local stakeholders’ attitudes toward water quality and conservation within intervention and nonintervention watersheds. • Baseline assessment of Geisler Farm Site: Collection of pre-BMP monitoring data — will collect baseline monitoring data at a farm in Calhoun County to characterize the soil, geology, hydrology and water quality conditions of the farm prior to the establishment of conservation best management practices. The Iowa Nutrient Research Center was created in response to legislation passed by the Iowa Legislature in 2013. The center pursues science-based approaches to evaluating the performance of current and emerging nutrient management practices, providing recommendations on implementing the practices and developing new practices. For more information, visit: http://www.cals.iastate.edu/nutrientcenter/project
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