Field Days & Events

Field Days & Events Check out upcoming field days and other events that you can attend to learn about the conservation techniques.

Iowa Collaborative Conservation

Monday, August 28 (1-3 pm)
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Dupont Room
909 Robert Ray Drive Des Moines, IA

Event Details:
Join Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Environmental Defense Fund for an event that highlights the power of collaborative conservation. Speakers will be: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, President elect of Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors Bill Shipley, and a panel discussion with other leaders. This event is free and open to the public. Register online here.


A Look at Soil Regeneration with Jill Clapperton

Tuesday, August 29 (1-6 pm)
Chris and Janenne Teachout Farm
1653 400th Ave Shenandoah, IA

Event Details:
Jill Clapperton, an internationally renowned soil scientist will talk about soil regeneration and soil health. Chris Teachout with discuss advanced cover cropping techniques he’s experimented with over the past few years. A catered meal will be provided followed by a panel discussion. RSVPS are required. This event is free for Practical Farmers of Iowa members, and $40 for non-members. Register at www.practicalfarmers.org by Friday, August 25 th. Contact Debra Boekholder at 515-232-5661 or at debra@practicalfarmers.org with any questions.


Cover Crop and Wetland Field Day

Wednesday, August 30 5:30-7:30 pm)
ISU Drainage Research and Demonstration Project Gilmore City, IA

Event Details:
This event is free and open to the public with a free complimentary dinner. Bob and Jay Lynch, farmers from Humboldt County, will talk about their conservation practices and the choice to use cover crops in their operation. Matt Helmers, ISU professor and Ag and Biosystems Engineer, will share results of 25 years of research at the drainage site.


Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day

Thursday, August 31
2606 West Burlington Ave
Fairfield, IA 

Event Details:
This field day will start at the Jefferson County Activities Building with a complimentary supper. After, the event will continue at John Peck’s farm to learn about different cover crop seeding methods. Various speakers will be at the event. This field day is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested for meal count. RSVP by calling the Jefferson County Extension Office at 641-472-4166. Please RSVP by August 28 th.


Crops and Soils Field Day

Thursday, September 7 (9 am)
Northern Research Farm
310 S Main Street
Kanawha, IA

Event Details:
This event is open to the public and will serve a meal. RSVP is required by September 5th.  Call 515-532-3453 for more details around this field event.


Growing Farm Returns Through Soil Health

Tuesday, September 5 (5-8 pm)
Millermatic Seed
11646 290th Street
Silver City, IA

Event Details:
This field day will cover topics over soil health, a cover crop plan and will include a plot tour. Mitchell Hora, with Continuum Ag will be a guest speaker. Dinner is provided for registrants. Please register online here by August 29 th.

Abandoned Mine Land & Monarch Conservation Field Day

Thursday, September 7 (10 am-12 pm)
Logan Abandoned Mine Land Site
Bussey, IA


Event Details:
This field day will feature Jim Gillespie, Director of Soil Conservation and Water Quality. Logan AML Project Coordinator Rnady Cooney will discuss the reclamation process, AML program and how monarch habitats can be easily incorporated. Seth Applegate will share opportunities to establish monarch habitats and details of current research projects. Field day is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary meal. More information and directions here.


Siepold Soil Health Field Day

Thursday, September 7 (9-11 am)
34456 Elderberry Ave
Hastings, IA

Event Details:

This field day will focus on viewing cover crops with 5-6 weeks of growth. Register online for the field day here.


Cover Crop Field Day

Wednesday, September 13 (5:30-7:30 pm)
4449 Hickory Avenue
Orange City, IA


Event Details:
This event is free, open to the public and will include a complimentary meal. Jonathon Kiel, a Sioux County farmer, will talk about the use of cover crops on their farm and switching to no-till from conventional tillage. Mark Licht, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Cropping Specialist will lead a discussion on improving soil health with practices that reduce soil erosion. Liz Juchem, Iowa Learning Farms events coordinator and Colton Meyer, Floyd River Watershed coordinator will also speak. RSVP’s are suggested to ensure space and food. RSVP by calling 712-737-2253 Ext. 3 or email ilf@iatate.edu.