Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a field day on Tuesday, Aug. 27, beginning at 4 p.m. The field day will focus on soil health using cover crops, reduced tillage and nutrient management in the Boone River Watershed.
The field day will be held at two sites. The first site will be at the Arliss Nielsen farm at 3150 Hancock Ave., north of Woolstock. The field day will then move to the Larry Haren farm, Webster City, at 1387 Kendall Young Road. The event is free and open to the public.
A field day will be held on Aug. 30, hosted by the Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, rural Boone, from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch following the program.
The event will focus on cover crops and corn production. The field day is free and the public is invited to attend.
ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach John Lawrence will present information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop research coordinator, will discuss establishing cover crops and selecting appropriate plants.
ISU Extension weed specialist and agronomy professor Bob Hartzler will present information on the effects of residual herbicide on cover crop establishment. Mark Licht, ISU Extension field agronomist, will offer tips about cover crop management in a corn-soybean rotation.
A field day will be held near Gilmore City at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. The field day will focus on agricultural practices that can reduce nutrients leaving the field for better water quality.
The field day is free and open to the public. A complimentary light supper will be served prior to the program. Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (CSCAP) are sponsors for this event.
ISU professor of wetland ecology Bill Crumpton will discuss wetlands and their performance in reducing nitrogen in runoff, along with Matt Lechtenberg, CREP specialist with IDALS. Aaron Daigh, post-doctoral research associate in the ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department, will talk about soil moisture, tillage systems and cover crops.