Upcoming conservation field days | December 10 update
Below is a listing of upcoming conservation field days around the state. For a complete listing of future conservation field days in Iowa, click here.
Upcoming Field Days
Coffee and Conservation
Wednesday, December 15 (8:30am – 9:30am)
Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach conservation and water quality education program, will host “Coffee and Conservation,” Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield. The in-person event will provide local farmers and landowners with a chance to discuss conservation practices and ask questions of ILF and local extension staff.
“Our intent with this event is to help build community through encouraging farmers to talk with their peers and ILF about topics important within the community, what keeps them up at night, what challenges they see with conservation practices, and what they want to learn more about,” said Liz Ripley, ILF conservation and cover crop outreach specialist. “There will be no formal presentations or agenda, just a chance to talk, ask questions, listen and learn while enjoying a beverage and provided food.”
To ensure adequate space and food, please RSVP for the Greenfield Coffee and Conservation by calling 515-294-5429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover Crop Dos and Don’ts
Thursday, December 16 (1pm -2 pm)
Virtual Field Day
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group will present a virtual cover crop field day on Thursday, December 16 at 1 p.m. CST. Join us for a live conversation with Dr. Alison Robertson, professor and extension field pathologist in agronomy at Iowa State University, and Dr. Mark Licht, assistant professor and extension cropping systems specialist in agronomy at Iowa State University.
The field day will explore the potential benefits and impacts of planting corn into a living winter cereal rye cover crop. While the field day will primarily focus on the Iowa trial, the research project has replicated sites located in 15 states across the country. Building on existing research trials, the team is examining different termination dates, both before and after the planting of corn, to determine the impact on diseases, weeds, and both pest and beneficial insects.
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