Field Days & Events

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

Maximize Cover Crop Seeding Success to Grow Great Corn and Soybeans

Monday, July 24 (10 am- 2 pm)

Tim Burrack Farm Shop
8124 80th Street  
Arlington, IA

Event Details:

Corn and soybean growers will learn from fellow farmers how to improve cover crop seeding and seeding cover crops before planting corn the following spring. Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative Coordinator Shannon Moeller will also talk about cost share for seed corn ground. There will be a complimentary lunch. Walk-ins are welcome, but attendees are asked to RSVP to Tim Recker at or 563-920-3417.

ISU Monarch Conservation Field Day

Monday, July 24 (9 am- 12 pm)

Iowa State Field Extension Education Lab (FEEL)
1928 240 th Street
Boone, IA

Event Details:

Presentations at this event will focus on selecting plant species and establishing a monarch habitat, as well as life stages of the monarch butterfly, water quality practices and weed management in conservation plantings. Coffee and refreshments are included. Registration is free and online here.

Saturated Buffer and Cover Crop Field Day Polk County

Tuesday, August 1 (6 - 8:30 pm)

Less Tesdell Century Farm
300 NW 158 th Ave
Slater, IA

Event Details:

The host, Less Tesdelll and his farm tenants Mike and Charles Helland will share how they work together to address soil conservation and water quality issues by utilizing many different conservation practices: cover crops, terraces, buffer strips, bioreactor and waterway, while expanding this year to include prairie strips and saturated buffer. Also speaking is Amanda Brown, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District and Four Mile Creek Watershed Project Coordinator, Tim Youngquist with Prairie STRIPS Project and Mark Licht, Iowa State Extension Cropping Specialist. This event is free and includes an complimentary dinner. Reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or

Crops & Forages

Wednesday, August 2 (5 pm)  

Event Detai ls:
McNay Farm (Chariton) A meal will be provided.

Pasture Tour Field Day Taylor County

Thursday, August 3 (5 - 8 pm)
1776 322 nd St
Bedford, IA

Event Details:
Prairie health and management will be covered by ISU beef extension specialists Joe Sellers and Chris Clark. Farm owner Kurt Rowan will discuss his pasture and herd management to maintain a healthy pasture system. The second stop on the tour will be Paul Ackley’s farm and featuring a newly established pasture enrolled in the Taylor County Water Quality Initiative Project. The workshop is free to attend and there will be a meal provided. Reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email For more information or directions to the farms, click here.

Managing Potholes and Matching Conservation Efforts to Farm Goals

Thursday, August 3 (10 am - 1 pm)
Joia Food Farm
2038 March Ave
Charles City, IA

Event Details:

Learn about conservation tactics for your farm and how to do what’s best: economically and environmentally, in marginal land while working with parameters of farm goals. If you have low yielding lands during wet years, there will be research presented from “Team Pothole” at ISU on what to do. There will be a lunch served, RSVP for the meal to Debra Boekholder at or (515)232-5661 by Monday July 31st.

Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day Dickinson County

Wednesday, August 9 (5 - 7 pm)
John and Kristy Boettcher Farm
2208 130th Street  
Spirit Lake, IA

Event Details:
This event will start with a complimentary dinner.  Doug Peterson, Natural Conservation Service Soil Scientist will talk about managing soil health and how it can increase your farm’s potential. John Boettcher will share how he started using conservation practices on his field and the variety of cover crops that he uses. Iowa Learning Farms researchers Ann Staudt and Liz Juchems will share he results from cover crop projects. This event is free and open to the public but reservations are suggested to ensure space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email

Crops & Soils

Wednesday, August 23 (4 pm)

Event Details:
Neeley-Kinyon Farm (Greenfield)
A meal will be provided.

Crops & Soils

Saturday, August 26 (10:30 am)  

Event Details:
Northeast Farm (Nashua)
A meal will be provided.

Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day

Thursday, August 31
Jefferson County

Event Details:

For more information, click here.

Crops & Soils

Friday, September 8 (1:30 pm)

Event Details:
Southeast Farm (Crawfordsville)
A meal will be provided.

Crops & Soils

Friday, September 8 (9 am - noon)

Event Details:
Northeast Farm (Kanawha) A meal will be provided.