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Meeting

Managing Soil Function

Event Date
July 16, 2024
Time
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, 300 NW 158th Avenue, Slater, IA 50244
An NRCS soil conservationist holds a soil and root ball from a cereal rye plant.

Polk SWCD will be hosting a Field Day on “Managing Soil Function” using different management practices.  We will view soils using Soil Pits under four different management practices (No-till row crop, Kernza, Prairie and Alfalfa).  

12
Jul
Deadline

Registration

https://polkswcdiowa.gov/?page_id=21149Please

Polk Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a Field Day on “Managing Soil Function” using different management practices.  We will view soils using Soil Pits under four different management practices (No-till row crop, Kernza, Prairie and Alfalfa). The Soil Pits will show soil structure, root penetration and differences in soil organic matter.  Dr. Lee Burras (ISU), Dr. Amber Anderson (ISU) Mary Tiedeman (ISU), and Tim Youngquist (ISU) will join us to talk about soil formation, and how plants play a key role in soil functions. We will run the “Rainfall Simulator” to discuss water run-off and infiltration under different management conditions.  Dr. Brandon Schlautman will discuss a unique perennial grain crop, Kernza that is grown at this Farm.  The day will conclude with a lunch at Fenceline Beer Lab, showcasing Chicken and Kernza waffles.  Kernza beer will also be available for sale.