Field Days & News
Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project, will host a filter strips and soil health workshop on Thursday, April 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morse Community Club near Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Union Count Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, March 29th. The 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day at Nick and Andrea Lacina’s farm, rural Afton. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.
According to the newly released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report, Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32% to 623,700 acres. While the positive growth with shrinking profit margins is encouraging, the rate of growth 3% slower than the growth measured the year before, and still well below the goal of 12.5 million acres called for in Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
This guest post was provided by Steve Hopkins, Nonpoint Source Coordinator with the Iowa DNR's Watershed Improvement Section.
The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Social and Behavioral Research recently completed a study of farmers and stakeholders involved with the Lyons Creek Watershed Project about the farmers’ participation in the project and their attitudes toward adopting conservation practices.
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Thursday, March 9, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch.