Webinar Explains Why Soil Erosion Occurs and How to Control It

March 24, 2021, 1:16 pm | Hilary Pierce

conservation practices.AMES, Iowa – Soil erosion and how to control it is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, March 31 at noon.

Soil erosion negatively affects soil productively, water quality, economics and food security. These impacts will be amplified as a less friendly climate evolves, making soil conservation today critical for a food-secure tomorrow.

Determining when and where soil erosion occurs is critical to identifying best management options for limiting soil loss. Rick Cruse, professor at Iowa State University and director of the Iowa Water Center, will share examples of temporal soil loss patterns during the year, as well as locations most susceptible to soil loss. He will also illustrate the impact of spring planting time and production of biomass crops on soil erosion rates.

“Soil erosion has created more soil damage than most of us recognize,” said Cruse. “Understanding when and where this process is most serious can help us implement targeted conservation practices that can improve soil health while reducing soil degradation.”

Cruse’s primary research focus is soil erosion and he has years of experience addressing a wide range of soil management topics.

Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on March 31:

  • Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172.
  • Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID 364 284 172.
  • Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923; meeting ID 364 284 172.
  • The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
  • A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

About Iowa Learning Farms

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable.

Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK Inc.


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