There were no field days announced during the week of April 5. For details about four previously announced field days, visit here.
April 9 | Cover Crop and Water Quality Field Day
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and National Wildlife Foundation, will host a cover crops and water quality field day on Tuesday, April 9 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Rob Stout’s farm near Washington. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. The field agenda will include Washington County farmer Rob Stout, share his over ten years of experience with cover crops and tips for successfully adding them to your operation. Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms conservation outreach specialist, will share results from cover crop projects examining species selection, water quality implications, and soil health indicators such as earthworms. Jason Steele, NRCS soil scientist will discuss the importance of healthy soil and how practices like cover crops and no-till can help reduce soil erosion and improve overall soil health. Tony Maxwell, Washington County NRCS district conservationist, will share opportunities for financial assistance for cover crops and other conservation practices. The field day will wrap up with Matt McAndrew and Paul Brandt with MB Water providing a water quality demonstration and updates on their local water quality project. Please RSVP to Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 10 | Cover Crop and No-Till Field Day
Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop and no-till field day on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Steier Ag Aviation near Whittemore. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. The fall of 2018 was a challenge for most farmer as it started raining in early September as the corn and soybeans were maturing and continued to stay wet through harvest. With a priority on getting the crop in the field, there was limited time to complete fall tillage. However, this presents an opportunity to save money on inputs costs by implementing no-till this spring and to protect the soil from erosion and improve weed control by adding a cover crop this fall. The event is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Please RSVP to Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email@example.com.