There were five field days announced during the week of August 30. For details about these and one more field day, visit here.
September 7 | Prairie and Wetlands in Urban Areas Field Day
This Session will take place at Moore Memorial Park in the City of Ames in the Big Bluestem Shelter and is open to the general public. Informational booths from local environmental groups and businesses will have demonstrations and information for guests throughout the day. Participants will be welcomed to the program by Prairie Rivers of Iowa staff and introduced to our guest speakers. Guest speakers will give a brief introduction about the native plants and bumblebees that guests will be able to see in the park. Tours of the local prairie and wetlands will be given twice in 30 minute sessions. These tours will teach guests about plants that are blooming in the early fall season as well as the bumblebees that feed off them. Guests will learn about the benefits of a prairie in the middle of an urban area including runoff and erosion control, nutrient reduction, and vital habitat for pollinators and wildlife. Guests will be encouraged to find and photograph bumblebees during the habitat tour to try and locate the endangered Rusty-Patched Bumblebee. Speakers will be on hand throughout these tours to answer any questions participants might have about specific plants or pollinators that they see, as well as provide assistance to landowners looking to establish pollinator habitat in on their own land.
September 10 | Pasture Restoration and Monarch Habitat Field Day
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a pasture restoration and monarch habitat field day on Tuesday, September 10th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Nathan Anderson’s farm near Cherokee. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. For mobility accommodations to the pasture, please contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email@example.com by Thursday, September 5th.
September 11 | Cover Crop and Wetland Field Day
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Corn, will host a cover crop and wetland field day near Gilmore City on Wednesday, September 11. The 5:30-7:30 p.m. event held at the ISU Drainage Research and Demonstration Project, owned by the Pocahontas Soil and Water Conservation District. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. Reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 18 | Webinar: Integrating perennials into underperforming parts of fields could improve the farm economy, water quality, and bioenergy feedstock production
Join speaker Emily Heaton, Assistant Professor of Agronomy to discuss integrating perennials into underperforming parts of fields could improve the farm economy, water quality, and bioenergy feedstock production. Connect to the webinar here.
September 19 | Saturated Buffer, Water Quality and Drone 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, water quality and drone field day on Thursday, September 19th 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. Reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP please contact Justin Bisinger at (563) 391-1403 Ext 3 or Justin.Bisinger@ia.usda.gov.