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New conservation field days announced the week of 7/20

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/20

There were 6 field days announced during the week of July 20. For more details about these and 15 more field days, visit here

Recently Announced

July 31 | Cover Crop Field Day

Join Iowa Corn for this one of a kind Cover Crop workshop. Hear from growers that are implementing these conservation practices on their own farms. RSVP’S are appreciated by calling Janelle Kracht with Iowa Corn at 515-229-9980 or jkracht@iowacorn.org by July 25 th . Topics will include: Soil Conservation, Solar Power, Cover Crops and Grazing, all practices for your farm that improve soil health and improve your cash flow.

August 7 | McNay Research Farm Annual Field Day

The 2018 field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm southwest of Chariton will provide updates on grazing cover crops, summer annual and alfalfa trials, pasture renovation and Canadian thistle control. Joe Sellers, extension beef specialist with Iowa State University, said the Aug. 7 event will provide plant-based information, the latest in selected beef cattle research projects at the farm, Iowa Beef Center cow systems project, and some local on-farm soil health demonstrations.

August 7 | Saturated Buffer Field Day

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District and Iowa Natural Resource Conservation Service, will host a saturated buffer and soil health field day on Tuesday, August 7th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Paustian Family Farm, rural Walcott. The event is free and open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. The workshop agenda will feature the new Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Station On The Edge that includes both a saturated buffer and bioreactor model to demonstrate how these edge of field practices can reduce nitrate losses to Iowa waterways. Jason Steele, NRCS Soil Scientist, and Steve Berger, Washington County Farmer, will lead a discussion on the importance of soil health and practices like no-till and cover crops that can help improve and protect soil health.

August 8 | Focus on Nitrogen Field Day

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a workshop titled Focus on Nitrogen: Managing Nitrogen for Maximum Profit and Minimum Water Quality Impact on Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Northeast Research Farm near Nashua. The workshop is part of a statewide series of events this summer and fall that focus on managing nitrogen. The event is targeted to farmers and those who advise farmers and is hosted by a team of ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists, ag engineering specialists and water quality researchers. Presenters will share research-based information on maximizing profitability with nitrogen management while also increasing the understanding of the practices that minimize and reduce nitrate-nitrogen loss.

August 8 | Cover Crop Field Day

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop, water quality and cost share field day on August 8 in Roland. The workshop will be held at the Roland Community Center and run from 5:30-8 p.m. It will allow ISU Extension and Outreach specialists to share research-based information on how cover crops can improve nitrogen management while also increasing the understanding of practices that minimize nitrate-nitrogen loss. The evening will begin with a complimentary meal and will feature presentations from water quality researchers and local farmers.

August 9 | Edge of Field Conservation Field Day

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Prairie Lakes Conference and Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a wetland, saturated buffer and bioreactor field day on Thursday, August 9th from 9:00-11:30 near the Okoboji View Golf Course, near Spirit Lake. The event is free and open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal.

Upcoming Field Days

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.

July 26 | Webinar: Planning Habitat for Pollinators and Profitability

Iowa’s farmers are leaders in crop production and land stewardship. They also have an opportunity to be leaders in monarch conservation. This webinar will identify all the steps you should consider when planning your own pollinator project and discuss how targeted conservation plantings for monarchs and other pollinators can be a win-win on your marginal acres.

July 26 | Lake Springfield Soil Health Field Day

Join the Soil Health Partnership to learn about soil health on Dave Moose’s farm. Donna Brandt from the University of Missouri Soil Health Assessment Center will lead a soil pit demonstration. Speakers include Catherine O’Reilly from Illinois State, Kim Isermann with Soil Health Partnership, a local farmer panel discussion.

Join us to learn about soil health on Dave Moose’s farm. Donna Brandt from the University of Missouri Soil Health Assessment Center will lead a soil pit demonstration. Speakers include Catherine O’Reilly from Illinois State, Kim Isermann with Soil Health Partnership, a local farmer panel discussion.  

July 26 | Vermilion Headwaters Field Day

Join the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed, American Farmland Trust and the Soil Health Partnership for their summer meeting. Topics include Strip Till systems and Soybean Cyst Nematode research with Cover Crops. Register for the meeting here.

July 26 - 27 | National Strip-Tillage Conference 2018 in Iowa City | IAWA

Join hundreds of fellow strip-tillers at the 5th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, July 26-27, 2018. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind learning experience assembling the best strip-tillers, agronomists and researchers together in one location to share cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. Click here to learn more about strip-till and other water quality and soil health solutions at work.



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