ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Area beef producers and agri-business staff are invited to an open beef feedlot tour in Lyon County on Aug. 27 from 1-4:30 p.m. The bus will depart from the Larchwood City Park at 1 p.m. and travel to four small feedlots that are handling manure and controlling run-off using cost effective and site specific methods.
“Sometimes, the open feedlot producer faces special challenges – such as limited room to construct solids settling, a steep grade to the location, or how to manage water external to his farm,” stated Beth Doran, ISU Extension beef field specialist. “This tour demonstrates how four Lyon County producers have solved these challenges.”
During the bus tour, participants will view four solids settling systems and filter strip designs. One of the filter strip areas is laid out in a serpentine design so that it utilizes a limited amount of land area; whereas, another is a long, narrow strip. A third feedlot has created a separate vegetative treatment system for each lot. The fourth feedlot uses a vegetative infiltration basin in conjunction with vegetative filter strips.
Specialists from ISU Extension, Lyon County Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be on hand to discuss stockpiling, new laws, funding for improved control of feedlot run-off, comprehensive nutrient management plans and how to manage solids settling systems.
The tour is sponsored by the Lyon Soil and Water Conservation District, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension, Lyon County Cattlemen’s Association and the Lyon County Farm Bureau. Reservations ($5 per person) should be made by 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the Lyon County NRCS Office, (712) 472-4021, ext. 3. Transportation is provided, but seating is limited.