Extension News

Iowa Learning Farm Hosts Water Quality Field Day

7/28/2009

AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Learning Farm will host a field day at Rick Juchems’ farm near Plainfield, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The field day will focus on improving water and soil quality using conservation farming practices for optimum results.

 

Juchems, a cooperator with the Iowa Learning Farm, will serve as host for the event. Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer Mark Hanna will provide tips on adapting planters to enable planting into no-tilled fields. Joyce Dolan, local crop consultant, will discuss water quality monitoring. Jamie Benning and Chad Ingels with ISU Extension will demonstrate the Fall Stalk Nitrate test. Also Jeremy Singer, with the USDA-National Soil Tilth Lab, will discuss how cover crops can improve soil and water quality. Lawrence Green with Butler and Franklin counties Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), concludes the program offering information about improving soil tilth.

 

The field day includes a complimentary evening meal provided by the Butler County Cattlemen. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.  The field day is sponsored by the Iowa Learning Farm.

 

The Juchems farmstead is located three miles north of Plainfield at 33635 110th Street.  From Plainfield, travel three miles north on Highway 218.  Turn west onto 110th Street, and travel one-tenth of a mile. The field day site is on the north side of 110th Street.

 

The Iowa Learning Farm 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 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 of 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.

 

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Contacts :

Carol Brown, Iowa Learning Farm, (515) 294-8912, cbrown1@iastate.edu