Department events.

Rethinking Intensive Agriculture from an Ecosystem Perspective

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 4:00pm

by Dr. Evan H. DeLucia. In society's quest to feed an ever-increasing human population, more and more land under native vegetation is converted to intensive row-crop agriculture. Land conversion and changes in management practices affect the exchange of greenhouse gases and energy with the atmosphere. Prudent land management practices can meet society's growing demand for food, fiber, and fuel.

Inferring Local and Regional Hydrologic Processes from High-Frequency Water Table Monitoring

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

by Dr. Keith Schilling. In this presentation, use of water table monitoring to assess local and watershed-scale recharge,ET and groundwater nutrient loading patterns is examined within a new "groundwater response unit" framework using examples from a variety of Iowa-based studies.

Understanding Today's Landscape of Iowa Farmland by Corby Fichter of Farm Credit Services

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

As a leader and a lender who is employed by one of the largest agricultural lenders in Iowa, Farm Credit Services of America, Corby Fichter, would like to share many facts and facets of our Iowa farmland landscape. He will talk about the factors that drive investors and owner/operators to purchase land. He will talk about land ownership trends and how agricultural cycles help determine land values and return on investment.

Investigation of the optimum plot size for accurate yield evaluations in agriculture by Dr. Marcus Jones

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:00pm

Field trials investigating yield benefits of agronomic inputs utilize randomization, replication, and
blocking as fundamentals of statistical design. Plot size is an overlooked design fundamental that could
influence the outcome of trials, as fields possess a number of characteristics that tend to be
nonhomogeneous and unpredictable.


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