There were two field days announced during the week of June 28. For details about these and ten more field days, visit here.
July 9 | Native P erennial Plantings Workshop
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a native perennial plantings workshop on Tuesday, July 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Whiterock Conservancy Burr Oak Visitor’s Center. The event is free and open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. Native perennial plantings are growing in popularity in Iowa among farmers and landowners alike due to their many benefits for wildlife and pollinators, as well as improving soil and water quality. There are many opportunities to maintain, restore and seed new native plantings on the farm. These include areas of marginal land where row crop returns are low, along field edges, and around the homestead. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about native perennial plantings, ask questions, and share their experiences.
July 10 | Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Plans Field Day
Producers can learn about the latest in agronomics and weed management during the annual Iowa State University Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day, July 10. The Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 6320 500th St., Sutherland, Iowa. The farm is a quarter-mile east of Highway 59, on B-62, about two miles south of Calumet. For more information, call Joel DeJong at 712-546-7835, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 2 | Cover Crops With Purpose: Weed Suppression, Soil Health and Unexpected Benefits
Learn about the benefits and challenges of diversifying your farm with cover crops, small grains and extended rotations. Sam and Danielle will share their experience using cover crops as part of their weed control system. They will also discuss growing small grains, soil health and navigating crop insurance and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. Guests will have a chance to see cereal rye and oats just before harvest, and evaluate the weed-suppressing benefits of cover crops before soybeans. Learn more and RSVP for the event