Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with the Iowa USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, has scheduled a workshop to train livestock producers and service providers on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index for use in nutrient management and manure management plans.
The workshop will be held on December 18 at the Polk County Extension Office in Altoona, Iowa, on the northeast edge of Des Moines. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m.
An introductory, hands-on software orientation workshop
This introductory level workshop is a hands-on software orientation workshop. The orientation includes an introduction to the operating parameters, selection of input values, and developing and saving management operations for RUSLE2, says Kapil Arora, an ISU Extension ag engineer. In addition, real field examples will be used in the workshop to determine risk calculations of the Iowa Phosphorus Index and how to incorporate these numbers into manure and nutrient management planning requirements. Soil sampling requirements, common errors and the DNR's review process will also be discussed.
"Nutrient and/or manure management plans require updated RULSE2 and P-Index calculations every four years, and this workshop will be a great refresher for those producers who develop their own plans or for consultants who are new to this planning process," adds Angela Rieck-Hinz, an ISU Extension field agronomist.
Cost of the workshop is $200 if registered on or prior to Dec. 12; the registration fee is $225 after December 12. The workshop fee includes handout materials, a CD with software, refreshments and lunch. Because software will be provided, participants are required to bring an MS Windows compatible laptop equipped with a CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Excel Software and the administrator password to the computer in order to install software. The workshop is limited to 30 participants and walk-in attendees are not allowed. Certified Crop Advisor Credits (5SW, 1 NM) are available for this workshop.
Online registration, program information and directions to the workshop are available the ISU Extension and Outreach website.