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New conservation field days announced the week of 6/15

Conservation projects across the state are helping to improve Iowa's water quality.

There were 5 field days announced during the week of June 15. For more details about these and 15 more field days, visit here.

Recently announced:

June 21 | Prairie STRIPS Field Day

This field day will focus on integrating prairie into row crop fields for sediment and nutrient reduction. Topics covered: How to plant prairie on farms; Landowner insights; Maintenance and weed control; Water quality improvement; Benefits of prairie on farms and MORE!

June 22 | Conservation Ag Fair

Bring the whole family and enjoy Water Rocks activities for the children and Sandy Hollow’s various amenities. Booths will be setup and equipment on display to provide farmers an opportunity to see all the great resources available to them in one convenient location. Applications will also be available to sign up for cover crops, low disturbance manure, and other conservation practices.

June 28 | Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day and CCA Training

The morning CCA training session will feature the topic of soil health concepts and measurements by Marshall McDaniel, Associate Professor of Agronomy at ISU. McDaniel will provide an overview of what soil health is, measuring soil health, and associated challenges. The field day, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. Topics that will be covered during the field day include: “Crop Season Review” by Myron Rees, farm superintendent; “Practical Ways to Measure Soil Health” by McDaniel, “Dicamba Management in 2018” by Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension Weed Scientist; “Planting Corn into Cereal Rye: Termination Timing and Planting Demo” by Alison Robertson, ISU Extension Plant Pathologist. Pre-registration for the CCA morning session is required and can be completed by completing the online registration form. 

July 10 | Crawfordsville Workshop July 10 to Focus on Nitrogen

Farmers and those who advise farmers are encouraged to attend one of a series of workshops called Focus on Nitrogen: Managing Nitrogen for Maximum Profit and Minimum Water Quality Impact, hosted by a team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists, ag engineering specialists and water quality researchers.

July 25 | Strip Till and Cover Crop Seeding Demo Day Strip Till Field day event held at Dave Olson Farm. Register for the event here.

Upcoming field days:

June 20 | Iowa Learning Farms Webinar to Highlight Farm Legacy Report Project and How to Add Cover Crops on Acres with Manure Application

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how to leave a conservation legacy by writing conservation into farm leases and how to incorporate cover crops on acres with manure application on Wednesday, June 20 at 12:00 pm.

June 20 | ISU Research Farm Summer Field Day

Weeds, herbicides, cover crops and sulfur fertilization of corn will highlight the summer field day at the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha.

June 20 | Leaving a Conservation Legacy: How to Include Conservation in a Farm Lease and Document Webinar 

Sign up for the webinar here. Join Sara Berges on June 20 at 12 pm. 

June 28 | Taylor County Small Grains Field Day

Topics include small grains, microbrewing, livestock grazing, pasture walk with conditioning score demo, Water Quality Initiative (WQI) project update and cover crops. To RSVP or request special accommodations (by June 20), please call or email Erin Ogle: Erin.Ogle@ia.nacdnet.net 712-523-2118 ext. 305.



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