Orlan Love

Outdoors reporter for The Gazette


Fishing along Maquoketa River on the mend

DELHI - Surveying the debris-strewn muck flats below the Lake Delhi dam shortly after its 2010 failure, I doubted I would live long enough to see the recovery of that once-famous smallmouth bass fishery.

Well, I have.

It may not be al ... »

An ‘average’ day on farm pond is productive

SIGOURNEY - Fishing farm ponds with Tom Monroe feels a little like cheating, but not so much that you can't justify it.

While far from shooting fish in a barrel, fishing in a good pond has advantages over angling in lakes and streams - adva ... »

Organic farmers sprouting up across Iowa

Organic farming is growing in Iowa almost as fast as the bane of chemical-free farmers - weeds.

While pigweed and lambsquarter can double in size in a few sunny days, the number of organic producers and processors in Iowa has increased 31 percen ... »

In Iowa: New hope for the monarch takes flight

The pleasure afforded by the shade of the giant bur oak overhanging my garden is more than doubled these days by the flitting of monarch butterflies.

As they flutter from milkweed to corn tassel to oak leaf, seeming to leave orange and black contr ... »

Dinner in a hog barn gives taste of debate

A recent dinner in a pig barn underscored something I've long known but too often forget: There are good people on both sides of most controversial issues.

The good people hosting the dinner, the Buchanan County Pork Producers Association, did so ... »

Cedar Rapids, Storm Lake model how 'to treat all water'

Though Iowa's agriculture-related pollution gets most of the attention - as it should, with an estimated 90 percent of the state's nitrate pollution coming from farm fields - cities are doing their share to clean up the state's surface water.

Un ... »

Volunteers to develop pollinator habitats in Linn County roadside ditches

Plans are afoot to help increase local roadside ditches' value as pollinator habitats.

Such ditches #x201c;are a potential gold mine for milkweed and other pollinator plants,#x201d; said Clark McLeod, director of the Cedar Rapids-based Monarch Res ... »

Trout reintroduced to Iowa river headwaters

Scott Conway says he can't wait to catch one of the native trout stocked earlier this year in the nameless spring-fed stream that flows through his Winneshiek County farm.

Conway, who describes himself as #x201c;a bit of a trout fisherman,#x201d; ... »

Buchanan County wetland to remain dry

The wetland at Koutny Pond/Hoffman Woods east of Brandon is dry and will remain so for up to a year, the Buchanan County Conservation Department has announced.

The 8-acre wetland, constructed in 1994, has been drained to facilitate installation of ... »

Heat and hail frustrate farmers

For many northern Linn County farmers, relief from a hot, dry early June turned out to be no relief at all.

For them, the much-needed rain the evening of June 15 came with hail stones that damaged or destroyed crops on more than 5,000 acres.