There were three webinars announced during the week of October 19. For more information about recently announced field days, visit here.
October 28 | Cover Crops for Better Corn and Soybeans
Learn how cover crops can be a win-win for cash crops and the environment. During this webinar, Sarah Carlson, Strategic Initiatives Director at Practical Farmers of Iowa, will share research results about how cover crops can help farmers grow better corn and soybean crops, while also protecting water quality and improving soil health.
October 29 | Touring Iowa’s Forests
The virtual field day will offer an opportunity to tour common forest types and explore the value they bring to the landscape with Billy Beck, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist, Joe Herring, Iowa Department of Natural Resources District Forester, and Riggs Wilson, Wildlife Management Institute Forester. From floodplain forests to working trees in a windbreak, trees provide a variety of ecosystem services like wildlife habitat and improved water quality as well as the potential to harvest trees for added economic value. The field day will also highlight the importance of management for long-living, healthy forests.
November 5 | Exploring Impacts of Cover Crops, Tillage and N-Inhibitors on Crop Performance and Water Quality
Join us for a live conversation with Matt Helmers, Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Emily Waring, Graduate Research Assistant, and Carl Pederson, Agricultural Specialist in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Since 1989, research focused on the effects of nitrogen (N) management on crop production and tile drainage water quality has been conducted in north-central Iowa near Gilmore City. In 2010, the treatments were changed to examine the impacts of cereal rye winter cover crop vs. no rye (with and without tillage), conventional tillage vs. no-till, and timing of N-application and use of nitrification inhibitor. Through extensive data collection and monitoring, the team is measuring the impact of these practices on nitrogen and phosphorus loss and crop yield.