AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Learning Farm will host a field day at the Max Schmidt farm near Elma in Howard County, on Thursday, July 23, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The field day will focus on crop residue management and conservation farming practices to reduce soil erosion and improve soil and water quality.
Max Schmidt, a cooperator with the Iowa Learning Farm (ILF), will offer information about his ILF continuous corn demonstration site and his commitment to conservation. Attendees will tour some of Schmidt’s fields, along with neighboring farmers’ fields, to see no-till planting and installed conservation structures. Matt Helmers, Iowa State University Extension water quality engineer, will demonstrate the ILF rainfall simulator; he and representatives from the Iowa Water Center will discuss Iowa water issues. Wrapping up the program, Neil Shaffer, Mike Praska and David Puffer will highlight accomplishments and provide updates on Howard County watershed improvement projects.
The field day includes a complimentary evening meal served by the Howard County Pork Producers. The event is free and the public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is recommended. Please call the Howard County NRCS office in Cresco, (563) 547-3040, to register for this event.
The field day site is north of Elma on 170th Street (gravel road). From Elma, the site is 1.5 miles north of the intersection of county roads V18 and B17 (Grove Street) and three-fourths of a mile west. From Highway 9, travel south on V18 seven miles to 170th Street, then three-fourths of a mile west. The field day site is approximately one mile southeast of Max and Georgia Schmidt’s farmstead.
The Iowa Learning Farm 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 the Iowa Learning Farm is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF staff are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.
Iowa Learning Farm is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau.