Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day focused on redefining the field edge with the use of perennial vegetation on Thursday, September 10th at 1 p.m. CDT. Join us for a live conversation with Floyd County farmer Dennis Staudt and Mark Licht, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Cropping Systems Specialist.
The prairie pothole region runs from central Iowa north and west into Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and across the plains of Canada, covering nearly 173 million total acres. Even with subsurface drainage systems in place, many of these small prairie potholes are associated with high production risk and often represent the lowest profitability areas within a field. A CLG project led by Licht and funded by North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education is working with Staudt and three additional Iowa farmers to convert marginal land areas to perennial vegetation to evaluate the return on investment and explore the potential benefits to water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat.
“The edge of the field that was seeded to perennial vegetation this spring and borders on a creek that runs from a drainage district and passes it downstream. The creek is in the ditch, however, in rainy seasons, it fills up the creek and actually goes over the road in places, and likewise comes into my field. On average, I was able to harvest a profitable crop one out of three years,” noted Staudt. “I am hopeful this project will result in less grief in maintaining and harvesting that area while conserving the soil.”
Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 914 1198 4892
The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time. The archive will be available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events.
Participants may be eligible for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU). Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.