Iowa Learning Farms Hosts Smeltzer Trust Farm Field Day

AMES, IOWA—Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust Farm near Otho on Wednesday, June 12, from 4–6 p.m. The field day will feature a variety of conservation topics as visitors tour the farm.

  • Area farmers will discuss the benefits of no-till and strip-till compared to traditional tillage. They will use a 150-foot soil root pit dug across these three practices to help visitors compare soil quality and root depth between these practices.
  • Cover crops and bioreactors as in-field and edge-of-field practices that lessen nitrogen and phosphorus entering the waterways, in accordance with Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, will be on display and discussed.
  • Local Natural Resources Conservation Service field staff will share work being done with buffers and streambanks to lessen erosion for improved water quality.
  • Demonstrations of the Conservation Station’s rainfall simulator will be conducted as well.

The field day includes a complimentary evening meal. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The field day is sponsored by Iowa Learning Farms in cooperation with the Webster and Hamilton County NRCS and the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust. The Smeltzer farm is located approximately 2.5 miles south of Otho on County Road P59.

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping our state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.