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031312_leslie_klebesadelLeslie Joe "Buzz" Klebesadel, 83, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Dec. 30, 2011.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1928, on a dairy farm in Troy, Wisconsin.

In 1949, Les first came to the Territory of Alaska at age 20, before attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he met his future wife, Mary Jane Kleinheinz, after being seated alphabetically next to her in a physics class.

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031312_water_manipulationA Colorado State University biologist will lead a national team that will experimentally impose severe drought in Great Plains grasslands and evaluate how the landscape responds – the first large-scale project of its kind.

The National Science Foundation has awarded $3.7 million to Alan Knapp, a biology professor and senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State and principal investigator on the project.

He will team with Melinda Smith at Yale University (who will soon join the Colorado State faculty), Scott Collins at the University of New Mexico and Yiqi Luo at the University of Oklahoma. The project is an outcome of a research working group supported by Colorado State’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

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Southwest Missouri hay producers will have an opportunity to improve their hay making skills by attending a hay school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 14 at the Fair Grove Lions Club, 142 S. Orchard Blvd., Fair Grove.

“There is a lot at stake when making hay and many things to consider to make it worth the effort and to be profitable,” said Brie Menjoulet, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist.

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Even on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, where average rainfall is a mere seven inches per year, farmers can reap the benefits of winter cover crops without the expense of irrigation, University of California research has found.

Growing a winter cover crop helps retain soil nitrogen – keeping it from leaching into groundwater – improves water infiltration, reduces runoff, increases soil organic matter and boosts long-term soil fertility.

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The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) has just released its newest publication in support of 4R Nutrient Stewardship titled "4R Plant Nutrition: A Manual for Improving the Management of Plant Nutrition." The manual was released during the 2012 Great Plains Soil Fertility Conference and Nutrient Stewardship Summit both held in Denver, Colorado this March 5 to 7.

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