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Sixteen teams battled it out in the aisles of West Street Market in Manning Tuesday afternoon in their effort to take home a first-place trophy, while also helping others take home food from the Manning Food Pantry. The Manning Rotary held their first ever Pack the Pantry event after seeing the success of the Carroll Lions Club Grocery Grab in June. Organizer, Kara Stadtlander, says they thought it was a great way for a community to come together to support each other. Mary Tuel, who works for Carroll Area Nursing Service, says they decided to join in as a way to give something back.
Each of these teams was given five minutes to run the aisles and fill their carts with items for the food pantry. The goal, was to get as close to $250 as possible without going over. There was a lot of good-natured competition and fun, and even though the West Street Market team was razzed for having an advantage, team member Veronica King says they were all really focused on the need in their service area.
The competition ended with a twist due to the odd number of teams that had originally signed up to participate. The crowd was asked to put some money together and form a team to go head-to-head in the final match of the afternoon. Ron Reischl generously offered to put up the $250 for a hand-selected team of ladies from the community, including a key volunteer with the Manning Food Pantry, Mindi Boyle. Altogether, nearly $4,000 in food and supplies was gathered for the pantry, who hosted an open house in appreciation after the event. And, that coveted trophy went home with the team from Ohde Funeral Home, who tallied an impressive receipt of $249.95. The Manning Food Pantry services are available to individuals and families from any of the communities within the IKM-Manning Community School District. Contact details to gather more information from the pantry can be found below.
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With over 9,669 engineering students enrolled during the fall of 2017, Iowa State’s engineering program is the 7th largest in the country. On Wednesday, University Museum’s monthly art walk highlighted the innovation and discoveries made by one of Iowa State’s oldest programs.
The walk’s first stop was at the Marston water tower. The water tower is not technically part of the Art on Campus collection, but is still a major focal point on campus.
The tower was built in 1895 after a severe water shortage forced Iowa State to cancel classes. Then dean of engineering Anson Marston wanted to propose a water tower for campus, but there were problems underlying his proposal.
“Water towers in this area were prone to rupture due to the freezing and thawing,” said David Faux, interpretations specialist for University Museums.
Marston, an engineer as well as a dean, developed a way for the water tower to avoid this issue. The Marston water tower was the tallest freestanding structure on this side of the Mississippi River at the time it was built.
Henry Brunnier was a freshman engineering student at Iowa State when the water tower was built, and he wanted to build a similar structure in his hometown of Manning, Iowa.
He asked Marston to speak to his town council, but Marston wanted Brunnier to present instead. Marston gave Brunnier the necessary information, and the town officials were convinced to build the structure. Brunnier would later go on to found his own engineering company in San Francisco, and the Brunnier Art Museum is named in his and his wife’s honor.
The next stop on the walk was a sculpture entitled “Carom” by Bruce White. Located outside of Black Engineering Building, it resides in a high traffic area, but many students don’t know the meaning of the sculpture. Even Faux, who attended Iowa State, didn’t know the history behind the piece when he was a student.
“I saw it as a really big blue thing.” Faux said. “I didn’t take the time to study it.”
White was inspired to create the sculpture when he asked engineers about what was important to their field. Materials engineers put their work under 5 foundational tests: cutting, bending, folding, nicking, and twisting. Each of these tests are represented in the sculpture.
Coover Hall, home to computer, electric, and software engineering, is home to “The Moth” by Mac Adams. Adams used negative space to create the image of a moth, but it is the viewer’s responsibility to position themselves to see the moth.
“You, as the audience, have to create the image. You have to utilize your imagination to create what the moth is,” Faux said as the attendees moved around the sculpture.
The sculpture was inspired by a story Adams heard about a moth who flew into an early model of a computer and caused the whole system to go offline. Adams loved the idea of the first “debugging” of a computer, and used the story as the primary inspiration for the work.
The walk returned to Marston Hall to observe both the exterior and interior of the building. Outside, the four muses stand on top of the building. Each muse represents one of the four original disciplines within engineering at Iowa State: mining engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics.
“The Fifth Muse” greets engineering students just inside the east entrance of Marston Hall. The mobile-like sculpture contains small piece of engineering materials and represents the evolution and diversity within engineering.
Faux pointed out two faces that opposed each other, and noted that Sato included this element after observing the rivalry among the many divisions of engineering. Sato also incorporated many elements from engineering labs across campus.
“Many of these pieces hanging are either ideas she stole or actual pieces she ‘stole’ from the engineering departments,” Faux said.
The goal of the art walk was not just to focus on Iowa State’s on campus art collection, but also to explore the stories behind the art. By learning about the artist's inspirations, viewers can introduce their own perspectives when they explore a piece of art.
“I really want to encourage you and empower you to make your own interpretations,” Faux said.
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The IKM-Manning middle and high school students are inviting the public to join them in this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech gaming challenge called “Relic Recovery.” These students have researched, constructed and spent hours testing and refining the use of robotics to assist them in their assigned search. Teams consisting of two driver operators, a coach and a robot will be matched up with another team as an ally. Then, the four randomly selected teams will place their robots in a ring and will begin collecting jewels and boxes stacked in the center to complete patterns for points. Once they complete a pattern, they receive a relic that can be placed in their recovery zone. Teams could lose points by trying to gather more than two boxes at a time or by placing items in the incorrect spaces. The IKM-Manning teams will be going up against others from Glidden-Ralston, Manson-NW Webster, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Belmond-Klemme and Prairie Valley on Saturday, Oct. 28 beginning at 11 a.m. at the high school in Manning.
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One of the top seed producers in the world sees a future for hybrid rye as a third crop in Iowa and other Midwest states. It’s not the cereal rye Iowa farmers are familiar with as a cover crop; this winter cereal rye is a high-yielding hybrid from Germany that’s being grown and sold across Europe. Its high dietary fiber content makes it popular there for human consumption and even more as feed for hogs.
The third crop idea fits western Iowa farmers Bryce Irlbeck and his father, Brian, who have been looking to diversify their corn and soybean rotation to add more carbon to their soil. They planted and harvested the hybrid rye on 60 acres two years ago and 74 acres this past year. “We’d plant 300 to 400 acres if we had a market for it,” Bryce says. “Buyers wouldn’t have to be in Iowa; it could be anywhere in the Midwest if the price was right.”
The Irlbecks farm near Manning and have been using cover crops for 10 years, and now use covers on all their crop acres. They’ve been experimenting with letting some of their cereal rye grow longer into the season, harvesting it in August as a third crop and planting multispecies covers soon afterward to build soil faster. “But the cereal rye we were using for cover crops only produced 30 to 40 bushels an acre when we harvested it. We were looking for something with higher yields as a third crop,” says Bryce. He found it online: a hybrid rye from a KWS seed dealer in New York.
High yields with rye hybrids
The KWS Brasetto hybrid rye the Irlbecks planted yielded 80 bushels an acre in 2016 and 90 bushels an acre in 2017. That was with 40 pounds of nitrogen per acre. “You could double that N rate and possibly get more than 100 bushels an acre,” Claus Nymand, hybrid rye product manager for KWS Cereals in the U.S. and Canada, told Bryce in a farm visit last September.
That’s backed up by university trials in Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania. University of Minnesota winter rye trials at several locations in southern Minnesota show yields of the KWS Brasetto variety ranged from 105 to 143 bushels an acre last year. Earlier trials at Penn State and Cornell Universities showed KWS Brasetto outyielded Aroostook, an older and commonly used rye cultivar, by 44 and 58 bushels per acre, respectively.
Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota Extension small-grain specialist, has noted that hybrid rye varieties are far superior in yield and agronomic performance compared to non-hybrids.
Preliminary yield data from the University of Minnesota, which reinstated rye variety performance evaluations in 2014, shows European hybrid cultivars outpace the best North American and Canadian germplasm by a third. “While not all the varieties are commercially available in the U.S., it indicates the potential,” Wiersma says.
Potential great as third crop
“This is a winter crop, that can survive winters in the northern U.S. and Canada,” says Nymand. “You can plant it after corn or soybean harvest, and if correctly established, it won’t winterkill. You’ll harvest it the next July or August as a third crop in your rotation.”
Besides being winter hardy, Nymand says hybrid rye in the rotation breaks up weed cycles. It also has a very strong disease resistance profile, and in most cases needs no fungicides. “Hybrid rye has a big root system that uses 20% less water and 20% less fertilizer than winter wheat planted at the same yield expectation,” Nymand adds. “In Europe, farmers are required to have a winter crop for the environment, to prevent leaching of nutrients and to keep nutrients in the soil. Hybrid rye is being used there as a major practice in the crop rotation to improve the soil. There’s potential in Europe for 200 bushels to the acre yields with the rich soils in Iowa, it can work very well as a third crop.”
Rye offers weed control benefit
The Irlbecks like the role hybrid rye plays in a crop rotation for both soil building and weed control. Their rotation is soybeans with a rye cover crop, then corn, then hybrid rye that’s planted after corn harvest and grows though the winter and is harvested mid-summer the next year. “When you harvest the rye in July, you cut the weeds,” Bryce says. “Then when you follow that with a multispecies cover crop mixture, any weeds that come will never seed out.” That multispecies mix supercharges the soil-building process.
The Irlbecks say they’ll have more oats, wheat and rye on the farm next year than they’ve ever had. Looking to diversify crop rotations, their long-term vision is to plant half of their corn acreage to small grains.
Adding rye as a third crop is a good idea for corn and soybean farmers to help control weeds. With a corn-soybean rotation as the dominant system, you have two summer annuals (corn and soybeans) following each other and have the same weed spectrum in both crops. However, if you introduce a small-grain winter crop or a forage legume into that system, you begin to make it more difficult for summer annual weeds like waterhemp to become dominant.
Marketing dilemma can be solved
While hybrid rye is widely used in both hog and beef rations in Europe, and some larger hog production companies in Canada are including it in hog diets, there is no market in the United States. “Its nutrient value is similar to wheat and barley, with the clear positive exceptions of more dietary fiber, more fructans and high enzyme content,” says KWS rep Jacob Nymand of Denmark. He says University of Illinois Professor Hans Stein, who researches intestinal physiology and evaluates animal feed ingredients, will have initial results from a study early in 2018.
The knock on rye has been concern over ergot alkaloids, which can affect performance of feeder pigs. “KWS has new hybrids with better ergot resistance,” says Nymand, who was meeting with pork producers in the Midwest to discuss rye in the ration. “It’s a good fit in the diet for sows because of its high dietary fiber content. Sows in gestation have been shown to be more satisfied with hybrid rye in the ration; at least one trial showed rye is a good alternative to wheat and barley at up to 30% of the ration, and it costs less. There’s no question that it can be put into the ration, but the supply and demand have to match. There’s a big opportunity for both grain producers and hog producers in the Midwest if they can get together.”
Betts writes from Johnston.
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