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Iowa Learning Farms’ April webinar to focus on gully soil erosion

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:20 a.m. CDT

AMES — The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) April webinar, to be held 11:30 a.m. April 16, will feature Rick Cruse, Iowa State University (ISU) agronomy professor. He will discuss soil erosion that is ignored or unreported by most agencies, even by the Iowa Daily Erosion Project. 

The webinar is part of a free series hosted by ILF through Adobe Connect. The series is held on the third Wednesday of each month. 

Cruse is part of research efforts that are more clearly identifying soil erosion that occurs in ephemeral gullies — the small gullies formed by water runoff and that are typically tilled shut by farm operations. Many fields are scarred by gullies that channel soil and chemicals into streams, which are not accounted for in ISU’s erosion estimates or those typically of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

Cruse is a professor of agronomy at ISU and director of the Iowa Water Center. His research focus is on soil management and soil erosion processes. He is co-leading the expansion of the Iowa Daily Erosion Project to states adjoining Iowa and has been actively involved with multiple soil erosion studies in China. Cruse also teaches a graduate level soil management class at Iowa State University. 

To connect to the webinar, go to: at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log in using the guest option. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions: The webinar archive is also available in a podcast through iTunes.

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