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Fifth Annual Western Iowa No-till Field Day to Focus on Soil Stewardship

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The 5th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Demonstration Field Day, scheduled for June 12th at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead south of Shelby, Iowa, will address a wide variety of topics for anyone interested in learning more about soil stewardship practices on the highly erodible soils of western Iowa. The day starts at 8 AM when registration and vendor displays open. A wide variety of local agribusinesses will be on hand to visit with producers in the morning and demonstrate their services/equipment. The field day begins at 9 AM with presentation topics including planter settings for heavy residue areas, use of cover crops to improve soil structure, a marketing update and weather outlook. Keynote speaker Paul Jasa will address the crowd over the lunch hour to discuss techniques for success in long term no-till systems for a corn/bean rotation, as well as continuous corn on corn. Lunch will be provided free of charge to all in attendance, including steak sandwiches grilled by the Harrison County Cattlemen. 

Anyone with an interest in soil stewardship, whether looking for basic management ideas or a long-time no-till producer, is encouraged to attend this daylong educational event.  Nearly 200 ag producers and ag professionals attended the 2011 event, learning about effective weed management in no-till, emerging technology in no-till equipment, precision agriculture equipment and data utilization, as well as a weather and marketing outlook. In addition to the educational sessions at the 2012 WIN Field Day, there will be plenty of time for farmers to visit informational displays, vendor exhibits and network with other producers. 4 hours of CCA Credits will also be available at no cost for Certified Crop Advisors needing additional continuing education units this year.

There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is requested by June 7th to ensure a lunch will be available.  Registration can be completed by e-mailingcsgorham@iastate.edu or by calling the Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. Registrations may also be faxed to 712-644-2100 or mailed to: ISU Extension Harrison County, 304 East 7th St., Logan, IA 51546. Registration forms and more information are available at many local ISU Extension and NRCS offices, or can be found online atwww.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

The field day is brought to you by NRCS, ISU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, Pottawattamie, Cass and Shelby Counties, along with many local supporting agribusinesses. 2012 Business Sponsors include Farm Bureau in East & West Pottawattamie, Shelby & Harrison Counties, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Sorensen Equipment Co., Titan Machinery, Heartland Technology, A & M Greenpower, Shelby County State Bank, Brokaw Supply Company, Heartland Ag and K & K Enterprises.

USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.  USDA, SWCD and Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in meetings/events/functions should contact Greg Mathis at (712) 482-6408 (Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339), orGreg.Mathis@ia.usda.gov by June 8.

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Contact:
Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Office
712-243-1132