Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, will host a conservation practice showcase field day on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the ISU Uthe Farm near Madrid. The event is free, open to families and includes a complimentary meal. More information at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/madrid-field-day-showcase-conservation-practices.
Join us for a live conversation Thursday, January 14, at 1 p.m. CST, about growing Miscantus in Iowa with Emily Heaton, Iowa State University agronomy professor and ISU Extension and Outreach biomass crop specialist. Hosted by Iowa Learning Farms in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and the Conservation Learning Group (CLG). Get more details.
A free virtual prairie strips field day will be held on Thursday, July 9 at 1pm CDT. Join us as we explore the multitude of benefits prairie strips can offer with Tim Youngquist, ISU Prairie STRIPS farmer liaison, and Gary Guthrie, Story County landowner with prairie strips. Hosted by Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group.
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, will hold a virtual field day focused on drainage water recycling, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 1:00 p.m. CDT,. The event will feature Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director and agricultural engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Chris Hay, Iowa Soybean Association senior research scientist; Shane Wulf, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship senior environmental specialist; and Mark Schleisman, Calhoun County farmer and landowner.. Get more details at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/3736/)
Research on establishing saturated riparian forest buffers will be the topic of a virtual field day Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., with Iowa State University presenters Billy Beck, associate professor, natural resource ecology and management, and extension forestry specialist; Troy Heeren, agricultural specialist; Gabe Johnson, graduate student, sustainable agriculture and agriculture and biosystems engineering; and Jonathan Notch, undergraduate student, forestry. The event is hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group. Find more details or register to participate.
A free virtual field day on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1:00 p.m. (central time) will feature research on blind inlets. The event is sponsored in part by Iowa Learning Farms in conjunction with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and the Conservation Learning Group. Participants will have the opportunity for a discussion with the farmers and researchers involved.
Currently, blind inlets are listed in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy as an erosion control practice that reduces phosphorus (P) loss. Blind inlets have been shown to reduce sediment and phosphorus losses by 80- 98%. However, gravel filter blind inlets are not effective for trapping dissolved nutrients like nitrate. This project, funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, builds on a pilot project completed for the Iowa NRCS that looked at the effectiveness of incorporating a woodchip bioreactor into a traditional in-field blind inlet placed behind contour terraces and WASCOBs to reduce nitrate loss as well.
Get more details or the link to participate at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/can-modified-blind-inlets-terrace-sites-reduce-n-and-p-loads.
The public is invited to a field day near Walcott, Iowa, that will feature cover crops and a saturated buffer, Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 12:00-2:00 p.m., hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, Iowa Geological Survey and Partners of Scott County Watersheds. The field day will begin at Paustian Farms, 6520 215th St, Walcott, IA 52773. The free event includes a complimentary meal. RSVPs are encouraged to ensure adequate space and food (contact Liz Ripley, 515-294-5429 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Find more details and directions online.
Iowa Learning Farms, ithe Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG) will present a virtual field day on the benefits of increased water quality enhancement wetlands and oxbows in the Midwest on Thursday, October 21 at 1 p.m. CT. Join us as we explore a few different wetlands and oxbows in the state and discuss funding programs. We will look at how these water quality enhancement wetlands and oxbows can be used as part of risk management and nutrient reductions plans, and provide needed wildlife habitat in key locations. This highly interactive virtual field day will be a discussion between landowners, scientists, wildlife specialists and virtual field day participants.
Mark Licht, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, and Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director, will discuss spring cover crop management and the impact of cover crops on water quality at a virtual field day, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
Hear about the latest research being conducted on ISU Research and Demonstration Farms across the state during a series of short, interactive webinars, Monday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 4. Tours begin each day at 8:00 a.m. ISU Extension Specialists, including INRC Director Matt Helmers (on Tuesday, Sept. 1) will take you into the field, explain what they're seeing and answer your questions. Each morning tour stop features 20 minutes of in-field video, drone footage and presentation. Presenters will be available following the tour to take questions from attendees. Registration required in advance!