A RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index (P Index) workshop is scheduled for April 16, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Buena Vista County Extension Office in Storm Lake. This workshop will provide training to service providers who are planning to work with livestock producers in developing nutrient and manure management plans. Participants will learn where to find the necessary software and how to install it on their computers, how to determine critical areas in the field, how to determine erosion rates using RUSLE2, how to calculate P Index vulnerability ratings, and how to incorporate these numbers into manure management plans for confinement facilities or nutrient management plans for open feedlots. Consultants who will be working with feedlot owners to develop nutrient management plans required as part of an operation permit should plan to attend this workshop. Instructors also will discuss soil sampling requirements for manure and nutrient management plans. This workshop is designed for people with little or no experience in using the RUSLE2 software. For a copy of the workshop brochure and registration information as well as class requirements, please see www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/rusle2/home.html or contact Angela Rieck-Hinz at (515) 294-9590 or Kapil Arora at (515) 382-6551.
Angela Rieck-Hinz is an extension program specialist in agronomy with responsibilities in manure management. Kapil Arora and Kris Kohl are agricultural engineering field specialists.
This article originally appeared on page 54 of the IC-498 (2) -- February 26, 2007 issue.