AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Barry Kusel farm near Manning, Iowa, on Wednesday, June 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The field day will focus on no-till conservation farming and cover crop management for optimum results.
Carroll County farmer Barry Kusel started no-tilling in the early 1980s to reduce erosion on their highly erodible loess soils. He now uses no-till on all of his farmland. Recently, he added a winter rye cover crop to his rotation to further reduce erosion and to improve the soil organic matter levels. Kusel will share his insights about successfully transitioning to no-till and using cover crops with field day attendees.
ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Mark Licht will teach about soil profile characteristics from a soil root pit dug specifically for the field day. Other ISU Extension and Outreach and agency experts will be on-hand to answer no-till and cover crop management questions.
The field day includes a complimentary evening meal. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The field day site is located one mile north of Highway 141 and one mile west of county road M-68 (Delta Ave.); at the corner of East St. (Concord Ave.) and 300th St. (E-57), northeast of Manning.
Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping the 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.
Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.