Kyle Jensen, Field Agronomist, Southwest
Western Iowa has its share of highly erodible land (HEL), input price increasing, and producers need to sustain/increase soil and water quality. No-till practices are recognized as management decisions that protect soil, water, and economics. Many producers in SW Iowa have adopted no-till practices, while others continue to have questions and request more information and in field demonstrations that fit their operations.
The first (WIN) Western Iowa No-Till Field Day was held on June 17, 2008 near Minden, IA on Bill and Babetta Lucke’s Farm. The program was developed and implemented by a team of interested parties; Harrison, Shelby, E. and W. Pottawattamie county NRCS and SWCD personnel, local no-till producers, and Iowa State Extension. The field day consisted of many items throughout the day. Local dealerships were on location with no-till equipment, local and state businesses were also on hand to meet with producers. The program started with the Iowa Learning Farm’s rainfall simulator display and questions comments following. Two sessions followed; Corn on Corn demonstration and information was presented by ISU Extension’s Mark Hanna, and Kyle Jensen. Soil quality, physical and chemical properties were presented by NRCS’s Mike Succick and ISUE’s Mahdi Al-Kaisi. Local and State government officials were on hand during lunch to talk with local producers. Following lunch Elwynn Taylor provided a crop weather outlook. The program finished with a producer panel discussion about no-till practices, concerns, lessons, and successes.
WIN field day attendees saw and heard about the most recent recommendations regarding crop rotation, residue management, seed and fertilizer placement, and soil/water conservation. Attendance was over 160 from seven Iowa counties, including, producers, land owners, local lenders, farm managers, ag professionals, equipment dealers, and local media. Fifty eight attendees completed the program survey. 96% would recommend the program to someone, 31% do not currently no-till at all, 100% said the information presented would help make no-till decisions in the future.
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