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Engineering Your Farm
42 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Getting More Conservation on the Ground With Conservation Agronomists
Join us as we dive into the exciting new field of conservation agronomy. In this episode we have a wide-ranging conversation with Ruth McCabe, conservation agronomist with Heartland Cooperative, and Zach Timm, conservation agronomist with Dubuque County Iowa Soil and Water Conservation District. We talk cover crops, edge-of-field conservation practices, getting funding for conservation, the future of conservation agronomy, and more. Follow Ruth on Twitter @agronomistruth, Zach @ZachTimm4, and follow us @IAFieldAgEngrs.
23 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Maximizing the Value of Fall Manure and Nitrogen Applications
In this episode, guests Kristina TeBockhorst, field agricultural engineer, and Joel DeJong, field crops specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, join Brian Dougherty to discuss optimal timing for fall manure and commercial N applications. Application strategies, yield effects, and adjustments for dry weather and high fertilizer prices are among the topics discussed. Resources for more information:Using Manure Nutrients for Crop Production: https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/12874 Manure Monday: Manure Application and Timing: https://youtu.be/rKOGYBOfU5IDNR Manure Application Separation Distances: DNR 113 Separation Distances for Land Application of Manure and DNR 117 High Quality Water Resources.Manure Timing Impact on Yield: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/blog/brian-dougherty/early-fall-applied-manure-can-lead-corn-yield-loss Improving crop yields and water quality with manure management: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/blog/brian-dougherty/improving-crop-yields-and-water-quality-manure-management How to Sample Manure for Nutrient Analysis: https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/5059
38 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
The Hands Free Farm Project and the Future of Autonomous Agriculture
Join us for a discussion with Jonathan Gill about the Hands Free Hectare and Hands Free Farm projects, which achieved a world first by farming a hectare of land (now 35 hectares) entirely autonomously. Jonathan is a robotics engineer with a research team at the National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams University in Newport, United Kingdom. We discuss drone technology, the advantages and challenges of fully autonomous field operations, swarm technologies, and Jonathan's vision for the future of autonomous agriculture. To learn more, visit handsfreehectare.com and handsfree.farm and follow Jonathan on Twitter @AgRobotJon and @FreeHectare.
27 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Preventing and Addressing Soil Compaction
In this episode we sit down with Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Regional Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension, to discuss how to prevent and address soil compaction issues. Topics include the effects of tillage, the role of tire inflation pressure, how to fix ruts, and using cover crops to improve soil resiliency. To learn more, visit https://extension.umn.edu/soil-management-and-health/soil-compaction and follow Jodi on Twitter @SoilLorax.
27 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Bringing Diversity Back to the Farm With the Stock Cropper
In this episode Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agricultural Engineer Brian Dougherty sits down with Zack Smith, co-inventor of the Stock Cropper, to discuss his vision for diversifying farms by incorporating livestock into row cropped farmland and agroforestry systems. To learn more visit https://thestockcropper.com/ and follow along on The StockCropper YouTube channel or on Twitter @zebulousprime
39 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
A Watershed Approach to Water Quality and Flood Mitigation Efforts in Iowa
Listen in as host Brian Dougherty sits down with Dr. Larry Weber from the University of Iowa, John Rathbun, watershed coordinator in Clear Creek Watershed, and Jamie Benning from Iowa State University, to discuss the Iowa Watershed Approach project and related efforts to mitigate flooding and improve water quality in Iowa. Does tile drainage affect flooding? What can we do to improve water quality in Iowa? Listen in and visit https://iowawatershedapproach.org/ to learn more.
32 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Drones in Agriculture: What's All the Buzz About?
Ever wondered how a drone can help you better manage your farm? Check out the latest 'buzz' about drones as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field ag engineer Brian Dougherty chats with Ryan Gibbs, owner of Gibbsfield Ag LLC, about how he uses drones as part of his custom spraying and cover crop business. Ryan also shares some thoughts on where he thinks drone technology is headed and how they will be used on farms in the future.
33 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
New Approaches for Manure Management
Listen in as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agricultural Engineer Brian Dougherty sits down with Dr. Melissa Wilson, assistant professor and Extension specialist in manure management and water quality at the University of Minnesota, to discuss her research on using manure with cover crops and sidedressing manure into standing corn. You can follow Dr. Wilson on Twitter at @ManureProf and @UMNmanure and learn more about her research at z.umn.edu/manureresearch2020Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments and suggestions and follow us on Twitter at @IAFieldAgEngrs
28 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Fix It or Nix It - Should you Repair or Replace Damaged Grain Storage Facilities?
Listen in as Iowa State University Extension Ag Engineering Fields Specialists Kapil Arora and Shawn Shouse discuss how to determine whether you should repair or replace damaged grain facilities. Kapil and Shawn also give some tips on management of stored grain and tips for keeping grain in good condition as temperatures increase during spring.
39 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
The Stinky Science of Measuring Farm Odors
In this episode of Engineering Your Farm, host Shawn Shouse discusses olfactometry and the science behind what causes farm odors with Dr. Jacek Koziel, Professor in the Department ofAgricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Koziel has dedicated his career to measuring and mitigating farm odors.
40 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Winter Ventilation in Dairy and Beef Facilities
Listen in as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field ag engineers Shawn Shouse and Brian Dougherty discuss strategies and tips for improving wintertime ventilation of facilities for both dairy and beef cattle.
51 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
The Past, Present, and Future of Robotic Weed Control
In this episode of Engineering Your Farm, host Shawn Shouse discusses the history, development, applications, and future direction of mechanical and chemical robotic weed control technologies with Dr. Brian Steward and Dr. Lie Tang from the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University.
2 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
Welcome to the Engineering Your Farm Podcast
This podcast is produced by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agricultural engineering team. We are a group of agricultural engineers that work with farmers and agribusiness professionals to help improve the efficiency, profitability, and environmental outcomes on farms. This podcast will feature information and interviews with ISU Extension field ag engineers and others with expertise in engineering and environmental issues in agriculture. We will cover a variety of topics including grain drying, handling and storage issues, livestock facility design and ventilation, soil and water management, manure management, machinery management, composting, farm safety, and more. We will also discuss solutions to common problems with homes and farmsteads, including energy efficiency improvements, indoor air quality, and well water quality. You can find our episodes on many of your favorite podcast players. Please subscribe to the Engineering Your Farm podcast and stay tuned for new episodes.
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