Ames, Iowa— The Iowa Learning Farm (ILF) will sponsor a midday come-and-go field day at Brian Hoffman’s farm, rural Laurens, Tuesday, June 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The informal field day includes a complimentary lunch and features farmer discussion of no-till and strip-tillage management practices. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Families are encouraged to attend and see the Iowa Learning Farm’s new Conservation Station mobile learning center.
Brian Hoffman has demonstrated ILF on-farm tillage comparisons since 2005. He will share his experiences transitioning from full-width tillage to no-till planted soybeans and strip-till planted corn. Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Paul Kassel and area NRCS staff will be on hand to answer questions about no-till and strip-till crop management. First Cooperative Association of Laurens will display a strip-till machine and agronomist Jerry Abbas will be available to answer questions about strip-till implement usage.
The ILF Conservation Station is a new educational tool that is traveling the state to teach all Iowans about soil and water quality. Through demonstrations, pictures, computer animations, displays, video and sound, people of all ages can learn why Iowa’s water and soils are precious and how they can help preserve and protect these natural resources. The station also has a rainfall simulator which illustrates the effects of rainfall on the land by collecting surface water runoff and subsurface drainage.
The field day site is Hoffman’s farmstead, located at 43555 130th Avenue, north of Highway 10 at the west edge of Laurens. From the 5 Way Express convenience store follow the paved road north and look for the Hoffman farmstead on the west side of the road.
The Iowa Learning Farm is building a culture of conservation, encouraging 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.