Pummel in the Prairie (Cruse vs. Helmers)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning and welcome to the greatest slow jam battle in history! This is without a doubt, the greatest pound-for-pound bout we’ve seen this side of the Mississippi, and promises to be a classic in every sense of the word.slowjambattle

In the red corner, we have the man known by many as The Soil Whisperer. He is an Iowa State University Professor of Agronomy and undisputed champion of all things soil, Rick “The Soil Savant” Cruse!

And in the blue corner, we have a gentleman that needs no introduction, but we’ll give him one anyways. The Dean of Mean, Iowa State University Professor of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, and too many other titles to mention, Matt “Wise Guru of Water” Helmers!

This bout consists of one 5 minute round to slow jam their respective topic. At the end of the bout a winner must be chosen.


Red corner


Blue corner


Let us know who “won” through feedback on the blog or through Twitter @WaterRocksISU

2 thoughts on “Pummel in the Prairie (Cruse vs. Helmers)

  1. Jerry Crew says:

    This seemed to be a prize fight–so who was the challenger? Who was champion? I would pronounce the contest a “draw” although Rick’s “Oh Yeah” was the most convincing! I do have some suggestions which may be the basis for another “slow jam.”

    Rick, when we talk of soil erosion, the cause of erosion (tillage) must be addressed! ISU (minus Fred) and NRCS seem to be afraid of offending the tillage industry because soil erosion would, for all intents and purposes, be eliminated in Iowa if every crop acre was farmed w/o tillage! Why are we afraid to tell that to farmers?

    Matt–We’ve had this discussion b/4 about tile nitrates, but you CAN’T dismiss surface runoff because, almost w/o exception, every tile drainage system has multiple surface intakes from pipes sticking up in the middle of potholes and terrace intakes in most areas of the state. Cover crops seem to be the logical solution, but will require a lot of research. Farmers in my part of the state w/o cow-calf herds cannot justify CCs on a economic basis. We need to emphasize soil health and the conservation ethic which is, I’m sad to say, lacking in a whole lot of farmers!

    I’m looking forward to the rematch featuring no-till and cover crops!

  2. astaudt says:

    Rumor has it that Sarah Carlson and Tom Kaspar may be slow jamming cover crops down the road…

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