Iowa Learning Farms Hosts Soil Health Day in Albert City



AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a soil health day in Albert City on Tuesday, July 30, beginning at 4 p.m. The event will focus on soil health, primarily no-till and strip-till as well as using cover crops.

The Soil Health Day will be held in the Ag Partners meeting room, 30 E. Main, in Albert City. The event includes presentations and discussion with Clarion area strip-till farmer Tim Smith. He will share his experiences with strip-till, cover crops and how they work to help with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Sarah Carlson with Practical Farmers of Iowa will discuss prevented planting and cover crops. Iowa State University Extension field agronomist Paul Kassel will offer a crop update and discuss soil fertility. A question and answer session with a local farmer panel will follow. Anita Patrick, the MRBI coordinator in Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties, will wrap up the session and share updates in the watershed.

The field day includes a complimentary evening meal served by the Buena Vista Cattlemen. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Also helping to sponsor the event are the Buena Vista and Pocahontas Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call 515-232-5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.

Iowa Learning Farms 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 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. For more information, go to: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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