Three Field Day Opportunities Coming Up

There are three opportunities next week to get out and learn about different conservation practices being used right here in Iowa.  Each field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 17th : Strip-till and Cover Crops for Nutrient Management Field Day

When : 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Mark Thompson Farm

              2585 120th St
              Badger IA,
             Webster County 

Driving Directions:  it is 1/3 mile east of Badger on County Road C56

Attendees will hear from host farmer Mark Thompson, who is currently using strip tillage and cover crops. Thompson will share his experiences with these methods and offer advice on how to effectively strip-till and manage cover crops. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Agronomist Barb Stewart will provide information about how strip-tillage can be an effective tool for residue management and in reducing the amount of nutrients and sediment entering our waterways. 

Please RSVP to 515-294-5429 by June 16th



Thursday, June 19th: Three-Crop Rotations, Cover Crops and Prairie for Conservation

When: 12:30-3:00pm

Where: Dick Sloan Farm

                3046 Harrison Ave
               Rowley, IA 52329

Driving Directions: Take I-380 to Exit 49 toward Brandon / Buchanan County (exit onto County Road D48 / 330th Street). Note that the farm location for the second half is on the northeast corner of the interchange. Look for the blue Harvestore silo. To get to the lunch location: From the interchange, head east on CR D48 / 330th Street for 1.5 miles. Turn left (north) on Hamilton Avenue and go about one mile. As Hamilton Avenue begins to turn east, take the first left (north) to stay on Harrison Avenue and continue for 1.5 miles. The home farm is on the right (east) side of the road.

Topics covered will include winter cereal rye for grain production; cover crops with and after rye; multi-species cover crops; growing corn after rye and a legume cover crop; and prairie strips. The program will start at the Sloans’ home farm, where they have established strips of prairie species among their cash grain crop fields. It will then move to one of their rye fields a few miles away.

Please RSVP to Lauren Zastrow with Practical Farmers of Iowa at 515-232-5661 by June 16th


Thursday, June 19th: Science-based Trials of Row Crops integrated with Prairies (STRIPs) Field Day

When: 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Roverud Family Partnership Farm

19575 Sandpit Rd
Elkader, IA  52043

Directions: Coming to Elkader from the north on Highway 13: turn right onto North High Street, then turn right onto Sandpit Road. Coming into Elkader from the south on Highway 13: turn left onto South High Street, travel through Elkader, turning left from North High Street onto Sandpit Road. The field day site is located just beyond the County Offices building.

The prairie strip concept comes out of the research project “Science-based Trials of Row Crops integrated with Prairies (STRIPs).” The STRIPs project is looking at the effectiveness of strategically placed prairie areas on farm fields growing row crops. The Roverud Family Farm has adopted this technique on several fields on their farm. Roverud Farm Manager Adam Rodenberg will talk about farming these fields and the benefits these prairie areas bring to wildlife, as he is also a Pheasants Forever representative. STRIPS research staff Tim Youngquist and Matt Helmers will discuss the water quality benefits of using prairie strips and talk about design and placement strategies for these prairie areas.

Please RSVP to 515-294-5429 by June 16th

Liz Juchems


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