Field days offer perspectives on cover crops, nutrient management, and more

The days are long, the crops are lush and green, and the temperatures are a bit cooler – late summer field days can’t be beat!

150821-SunsetThese next few weeks offer numerous learning opportunities at Iowa Learning Farms field days across the state!  Come hear from farmers about how they are integrating conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, bioreactors, drainage water management, and pasture management into their operations. In addition to diving in and learning from farmers as well as experts from ISU and other partner organizations, each Iowa Learning Farms field day also includes a complimentary meal.

Click on the links below for more detailed information about these field days happening over the next several weeks.  See you there!

Nutrient Reduction Strategies field day
Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Key Co-op, Roland
Learn about the pre-sidedress nitrate test and bioreactors; visit a CREP wetland.

Nutrient Reduction Strategies field day
Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Drainage Research site, Gilmore City
Come celebrate 25 years of research and technology development at the Gilmore City site. Join Bill Northey, John Lawrence, Matt Helmers, Carl Pederson and Bill Crumpton as they discuss ways to reduce nutrients entering our water bodies including the use of cover crops and wetlands.

“Conservation at Work” field day
Sept. 2, 5-7:30 p.m.
Smeltzer Learning Farm, Otho
Learn about cover crops, bioreactors, saturated buffers, wetlands and drones. See a cover crop fly-on! You are invited to an optional field tour of the Smeltzer Learning Farm before/after the field day.

Walnut Creek Watershed Project field day
Sept. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Jim Bourn, Red Oak
Hear how cover crops can improve water quality from area farmer Chris Teachout and see a demonstration of the Yield 360 Soilscan, which measures the amount of nitrate ions in the soil.

Water Quality Improvement field day
Sept. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Arliss Nielsen, Woolstock
The field day will focus on water quality through drainage water management and cover crops. Arliss has installed a drainage system on 320 acres of his farm. Other presenters include farmer Tim Smith, Stefan Gailans with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Keegan Kult with Iowa Soybean Association, and the Boone River Watershed Quality Initiative.

150821-CattleGrazing Management field day
Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.
Hosted by Moore Angus Farms, Melrose
Join the Cooper Creek Watershed Project leaders at the field day to learn about grassland management, grazing, and cost-share programs for grasslands.

Ann Staudt

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