AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Black Hawk Marsh State Game Management Area, Lake View. The field day will focus on cover management.
The field day will begin at the Black Hawk Marsh State Game Management Area, 3599 Quincy Ave., Lake View. Attendees will then travel to the Russ Schelle farm, 10326 Granite Ave., Breda, to view cover crop acres. It will conclude at the Breda park shelter for lunch and further discussion.
Presenters include Tim Smith, a cover crop farmer from Eagle Grove. Smith uses cereal rye on his acres and has installed a bioreactor with his tile drainage system. Also speaking at the field day are Sarah Carlson, research and policy director at Practical Farmers of Iowa; Mark Licht, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; and Denis Schulte with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Topics covered include cover crop management and considerations for grazing and forage production and agronomic and CSR2 updates.
The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch. The public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is recommended. To register for this event, please call one of the county NRCS offices: Buena Vista, 712-732-3096; Calhoun County, 712-297-7824; Carroll County, 712-792-1212; Pocahontas County, 712-335-4790; Sac County, 712-662-7773. All phone numbers will use extension 3.
The field day will start at the Black Hawk Marsh Game Management area, south of Black Hawk Lake. From Lake View: travel south out of town on High Street (County Road 68), road will turn into Perkins Avenue. Turn east onto 350th Street and travel one mile. Turn south onto Quincy Avenue, and go approximately one mile.
Iowa Learning Farms 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 Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.