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ISU scientists add to knowledge of phosphorus dynamics in cover crop, runoff study results

A multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Antonio Mallarino, professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, has completed two years of a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff.

Cover crops are a recognized nutrient management practice outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. They have proven their effectiveness in reducing the amount of nitrogen lost to subsurface drainage, and soil loss from erosion. However, the impact of cover crops in reducing phosphorus loss has not been sufficiently studied.

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28
Jun

Register today for 11th Annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference

Iowa Women in Agriculture invite you to join us for the 11th annual Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny August 1.

The 2017 Conference will deliver a full menu of decision-making ingredients for success in today’s difficult economic climate: the latest outlook for ag trade, marketing strategies for low commodity prices, financial risk management tactics, transition and estate-planning tips, and ideas for generating new income and adding value. Our keynote speakers will highlight the unique challenges of women’s roles, offer opportunities to laugh and learn, and to celebrate agriculture.

Wed
28
Jun

Small grains production will be the focus of new Practical Farmers Conference plus several field days this summer

Due to low commodity prices, farmers are seeking alternative crops that are cheaper to grow. Small grains crops like barley, oats, rye, triticale and wheat are very low-input crops that can fit this need in farmers’ operations – but many farmers need help getting started.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is answering the call for more resources and education on small grains production with a conference and five field days devoted to the topic in 2017. Attendees at these events will learn about a range of issues related to growing small grains, and will also benefit from meeting other farmers who are curious about or experimenting with these crops.

Wed
28
Jun

Allamakee County to participate in Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon again this year

County residents invited to take part in new format for July 6 event

Allamakee County will be taking part in the 2017 Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon once again this year, inviting people to read 30-minute or more segments of the Bible Thursday, July 6 throughout an 8 a.m.-8 p.m. timeframe. This is the second year Allamakee County has participated in the event, with some changes in location and longevity of the event taking place this year.

This year's event for Allamakee County will take place at the Waukon City Park at the small shelter between the wooden playground and the ball diamond, a different setting than the Allamakee County Courthouse lawn used last year. The timeframe of this year's event has been pared down from a three-day event to just a 12-hour format on a single day.

Wed
28
Jun

Upper Iowa Resort and Rental bounces back from 2016 flooding in time for the 2017 camping season


Upper Iowa Resort and Rental recovered in time from the record-setting flooding of the Upper Iowa River in August of last year to be open for the start of camping season this year, cleaning up its flood damage and making some improvements to help minimize potential flood damage in the future. Among those improvements is the addition of a new gravel roadway (far left) parallel to the existing road and the river, making for easier access to campsites. The existing roadway and surrounding camping areas were also raised about two feet with the addition of 40-plus loads of dirt, as well as sand excavated from campground hillsides. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

After being flooded in August of 2016, the office and general store area of Upper Iowa Resort and Rental was gutted and restored to be operational for the opening of camping season this year. Owners Bob and Kristi Hager worked on that project during this past winter, refurbishing the building to become a focal point of indoor entertainment as part of the overall experience for campers and visitors to the resort area. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

A cabin formerly located at Camp Tahigwa, the former Girl Scout camp near Dorchester, didn't have far to go to find a new home, as Upper Iowa Resort and Rental owners Bob and Kristi Hager purchased the cabin and had it recently moved to its new home as part of the restoration and improvements at Upper Iowa Resort and Rental following the August 2016 record-setting flooding of the Upper Iowa River. The cabin was transported just a few weeks ago from its original Camp Tahigwa location about five miles away, being placed on the new basement foundation pictured above to add to the cabin availability at Upper Iowa Resort and Rental. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

August 23-24 of 2016 saw a heavy rainfall and flood event that affected much of northeast Iowa, with the Upper Iowa River valley in northern Allamakee and Winneshiek counties suffering flood damage due to the six to eight inches of rain reported by the National Weather Service across that area during that overnight period.

As a result of that rainfall and the flow downstream of the more than eight inches of rain that fell in the Decorah area of Winneshiek County, the Upper Iowa River swelled to a record crest of 24.3 feet, nearly two feet higher than it had ever reached before. The Upper Iowa's previous record crest had been 22.5 feet back in 2008.

Wed
28
Jun

RAGBRAI® in Allamakee County

Waukon RAGBRAI hosting June 28 Town Meeting; All are encouraged to attend to learn more

The Waukon RAGBRAI Committees will be hosting a Town Meeting Wednesday, June 28 from 6-7 p.m. at Iron Ridge Church, located at 512 Ninth Street SW in Waukon. Residents and others interested from all communities in the Allamakee County area, including the pass-through and final destination towns, are invited to attend the meeting.

Wed
28
Jun

TNT Gymnastics enjoys successful beginning at Waukon location established last fall

by Brianne Eilers

Last fall, TNT Gymnastics opened up its first Iowa facility in Waukon. Owner Tracy Troxel explained that the gymnastics company has been in business for 17 years, and also has facilities in several Wisconsin locations: Richland Center, Mauston, Spring Green and Prairie du Chien.

"We had people commuting from all over to our classes in Prairie du Chien," Troxel said. One of the parents of a student suggested that Troxel look at opening up a facility in Waukon.

Troxel explained that TNT Gymnastics offers classes for all skill levels in fully-equipped gyms. She noted that there aren't a lot of additional things that parents need to purchase in order for their kids to participate in gymnastics.

"The only requirements are that long hair is pulled back, the kids are wearing comfortable clothes and they can bring a water bottle," Troxel noted.

Wed
28
Jun

Former Blumenthal building in Lansing is alive and well with industry once again


A sign indicates the new home for a satellite facility for Prairie Industries in the former Blumenthal building on the west side of Lansing. Following closing about a year ago of the longtime button factory, as it was more locally referred to, the Blumenthal facility was purchased by Tumbleweed Welding, whose owners not only occupy a portion of the building with their business but also reached out to Prairie Industries in Prairie du Chien, WI to offer the remaining portion of the building to potentially meet that company's expansion needs, thus gaining back some of the jobs and other economic and community benefits lost by the Blumenthal closing. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

Both "sight" and "site" are appropriate for the above caption headline, as seeing the former Blumenthal facility on the west end of Lansing with a full parking lot is, indeed, a welcome sight to community and county residents following closure of the Blumenthal facility just over a year ago. The site, itself, has also proven to be welcoming to a pair of businesses new to the Lansing area, as Tumbleweed Welding had originally purchased the facility and has been utilizing about one-third of it before reaching out to Prairie Industries of Prairie du Chein, WI with an invitation to accommodate its expansion needs in the remaining two-thirds of the building, a proposition that has proven to be a nice fit, according to industry and local officials. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Two businesses have filled the gap left by the closing of the Blumenthal-Lansing button factory in 2016 in Lansing. Tumbleweed Welding and Prairie Industries have both started operations in the former button factory within this past year.

When news of the closing of the button plant hit the local area, it was the end of an era. Many people in Lansing and the surrounding area, along with generations of their families, had worked at the facility all of their lives. There had been button factories in Lansing since the 1800s, and the building sat idle following announcement of the Blumenthal closing next to a vacant lot where the Northern Engraving building had once been as well.

Many wondered if this building would meet the same fate, including the 70 employees who were left without jobs. The future seemed grim.

Wed
28
Jun

Zarwell to speak on birdwatching at June 28 Bonfire Program

The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring the first of three summer bonfire programs Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the south end of Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville, WI. Ric Zarwell will be the speaker for a program entitled, “Birdwatching in the U.S., from an Expert like John James Audubon to an Active, Maybe Obsessed Local Man.”

Zarwell was born and raised in New Albin. He has been a lifelong birder and has created, along with his wife, Betty, the River and Bluffs Birding Festival in the Lansing area. They have traveled to 44 nations and all seven continents to view birds native to those areas. Zarwell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He leads birding trips and conducts monitoring of bird species in various habitats.

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28
Jun

Allamakee County Conservation Board to host Summer Day Camps

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will be hosting a series of summer day camps for the youth of Allamakee County throughout the month of July. The camps will be held at parks throughout Allamakee County. The series will feature camps for all age levels from three to 15 years of age. All camps will be free of charge, however, participants must be pre-registered.

Children ages seven to 10 will be able to participate in Birds Camp July 27. Birds Camp will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at County Home Park.  Participants will learn about kinds of birds in Iowa, what calls they make, and why they have different colors.

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