Field Days & News

June 29, 2020

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual prairie strips field day on Thursday, July 9 at 1pm CDT.  Join us as we explore the multitude of benefits prairie strips can offer with Tim Youngquist, ISU Prairie STRIPS farmer liaison, and Gary Guthrie, Story County landowner with prairie strips.

June 25, 2020

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 1 at noon about the effect of a cereal rye cover crop on corn yield.

June 19, 2020

Iowa Learning Farms is collaborating with Practical Farmers of Iowa to provide an online Cover Crop Boot Camp in July. Billed as an event where ag retailers can learn to build a business case for cover crops, the program consists of three online sessions taking place July 8, 15, and 22, all at noon CDT.

June 19, 2020

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at noon about the potential targeted wetland restorations have to reduce agricultural nutrient loads.

June 16, 2020

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual cover crop field day on Thursday, June 25 at 1pm CDT with video footage from the field and live interaction with farmers and researchers during the event.  

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ILF Webinar Series

July 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Speaker:  Alison Robertson, Professor and Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Iowa State University
Topic: Optimizing Yields of Corn Planted After a Cereal Rye Cover Crop
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Upcoming Webinars

July 8: The Business of Cover Crops

With: Matt Carstens (President & CEO, Landus) and Dr. Lee Briese, (independent crop consultant with Centrol of Twin Valley)

Topics include: Cover crop benefits to consulting businesses; working with Co-Ops; client interactions and planning; business case for conservation agriculture.

July 15: Setup and Logistics for Cover Crop Success

With: Bert Strayer (cover crop lead, La Crosse Seed), James Holz (Greene County farmer and co-owner, Iowa Cover Crop), Dean Sponheim (co-owner, Sponheim Seeds and Services), and Nate LeVan (field agronomist, Pioneer)

Topics include: Fall and spring logistics; seeding preparation and process; coordination of services – termination, nutrient management, strip-tillage, crop scouting.

July 22: Conservation Agronomy of Cover Crops: Start to Finish

With: Dave Schwartz (executive vice president of sales in plant nutrition for Verdesian Life Sciences), Meaghan Anderson (ISU Extension field agronomist), and Dr. Eileen Kladivko (professor of agronomy at Purdue University)

Topics include: Managing pests, residuals and herbicides; nitrogen management; agronomics of cover crop advising.

July 29: "Multiple On-Farm Improvements Provided by Prairie Strips" - Tim Youngquist, Farmer Liaison, ISU Prairie STRIPS

August 5: "Scaling up Oxbow Wetland Restorations for Multiple Benefits" - Karen Wilke, Iowa Freshwater Specialist & Boone River Project Director for The Nature Conservancy

August 12: Emily Heaton


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July 9th: Prairie Strips: Small Footprint, Big Impact
1:00pm CDT
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July 23: Urban Stream and Riparian Management 
1:00pm CDT


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