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The new online computer game “Rock Your Watershed!” is fun for all ages. It entertains while teaching players about productivity and environmental impacts, based on land management choices on 10 parcels of land within a watershed.
Ann Staudt, assistant manager of the Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss ILF’s recent research that analyzes the relationship between earthworm populations, cover crops and overall soil health during the ILF monthly webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.
According to the newly released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report, the number of Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32 percent to 623,700 acres.
Edge-of-field nitrate reduction practices such as bioreactors, saturated buffers and wetlands are gaining in popularity. Questions linger about how these practices work and the scale of implementation required to make progress towards Iowa's nutrient reduction strategy goals. Matt Helmers will discuss how to answer the questions.
Joe Sellers, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will discuss which practices make grazing more effective and how management-intensive grazing can work on Iowa farms.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on bioreactors Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon, featuring Laura Christianson from the University of Illinois.
Tom Kaspar will discuss lessons learned from using cover crops to reduce losses of nitrate during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar Wednesday, Dec. 13 at noon. Kaspar is a plant physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how producers can reduce yield impact and disease risks when using cover crops on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how to better engage non-operator landowners in natural resources conservation on Wednesday, March 21 at 12 p.m. This webinar will cover conservation check-up tools for farm land.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about the latest research, installation standards and best management practices for saturated buffers on April 18 at noon.