Matt Helmers
Professor in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Extension Agriculture Engineer

515-294-6717
mhelmers@iastate.edu

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Throughout the year conservation practices field day attendees have had common questions and misconceptions about water quality and drainage. This webinar addresses those issues.

"Managing the N Factor," a web-based tool that highlights practices available to improve the quality of water throughout the state, was launched last week by ISU Extension and Outreach.

A farm just outside Gilmore City is home to Iowa State University’s Agriculture Drainage Research and Demonstration Site, a facility that has been working to further Iowa State University’s water conservation efforts since 1990.

The field day will look at the impacts and findings from the past 25 years of research at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site, current research results, and their relationship to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Agricultural drainage water management and drainage water quality are the topics of a series of webinars recently developed by a team of extension specialists from several Upper Midwest universities. The first webinar of the series July 22 features Wright County farmer Tim Smith.

The 15th annual Drainage Research Forum will be Nov. 18 at the Iowa State University Alumni Center on campus.

A Sept. 10 field day near Gilmore City at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site will focus on agricultural practices that can reduce nutrients leaving the field for better water quality.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ May 16 webinar will feature Matt Helmers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach water quality engineer. The 11:30 a.m. webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

The 12th Annual Drainage Research Forum will be held Nov. 22 at the Arrowwood Conference Center in Okoboji, Iowa. Registration is at 8 a.m.; the program runs from 9 a.m.- 4:15 p.m., sponsored by Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University.

Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension are co-hosting a field day that focuses on water quality of tile-drained landscapes on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. near Gilmore City in Pocahontas County.