Chris Henning will talk about what she has done to improve and preserve her land including prairies, buffers, wetlands and cover crops. Her approach is a “light hand on the land.” Also on the agenda for the event: Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa, will discuss cover crop varieties, opportunities and benefits to add them into a corn-soybean rotation; ISU Extension and Outreach water quality engineer Matt Helmers will present information on the Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated Prairie (STRIPs) project. The STRIPs project is exploring the addition of strategic placement of perennial plants in row-crop fields to improve water retention, soil quality and improved biodiversity. Also a presentation with the Conservation Station offers visual lessons the importance of soil and water quality preservation.
The event is free and the public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is recommended. To register for this event, please call Iowa Learning Farms, 515-294-8912, by Wednesday, Oct. 3. The field day is sponsored by the Iowa Learning Farms in cooperation with Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Women Caring for the Land(SM) conservation education program for women.