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Field Days & News

June 21, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place June 29 at noon CDT will feature Vince Sitzmann, mines and minerals bureau chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Sitzmann is leading efforts through the IDALS Abandoned Mine Land Program to reclaim some 12,000 acres across 300 abandoned surface coal mine sites in Iowa. Employing mass grading, neutralization and installation of conservation practices, the program is returning these sites to working lands.

June 14, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place June 22 at noon CDT will feature Dr. Chad Penn, research soil chemist at United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Purdue University. Penn studies nutrient transport, crop nutrient uptake efficiency, improvements in phosphorus fertility recommendations and thermodynamics. His work at the National Soil Erosion Research Lab includes utilization of the Phosphorus Transport Reduction App (P-TRAP) for phosphorus removal structure design.

June 7, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place June 15 at noon CDT will feature Dr. Matt Ruark, professor and extension state specialist in soil biology and fertility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Abigail Augarten, research assistant in the Nutrient Cycling and Agroecosystems Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ruark’s research program focuses on nitrogen, manure, and cover crop management. Augarten is currently conducting on-farm research connecting pasture management to soil health.

June 6, 2022

Field days near Traer, Clearmont and Epworth will explore soil health in grazing systems

May 31, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place June 8 at noon CDT will feature Peter Kyveryga, affiliate associate professor, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University and senior research scientist-Analytics, Iowa Soybean Association. Kyveryga’s work focuses on developing online decision management and risk assessment tools which can quantify the impact of management practices on soil health, water quality and ecosystem. These analytics tools are created to support the needs of stakeholders in making decisions regarding practice implementations.

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Wednesdays at 12pm CT
6/22: Chad J. Penn, USDA-ARS
6/29: Vince Sitzmann, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
7/6: Jane Frankenberger, Purdue University
7/13: Mike Castellano, Iowa State University
7/20: Chuck Burr, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
7/27: Kay Stefanik, Iowa Nutrient Research Center
8/3: Michael Burchell, North Carolina State University
8/10: Daniel Andersen, Iowa State University


Upcoming Field Days

July 6, 2022: Soil Health and Grazing Field Day
12:30-3:00PM
Kubik Family Farm
2587 130th St.
Traer, IA 50675
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July 7, 2022: Soil Health and Grazing Field Day
12:30-3:00PM
Nelson Family Farm
27996 Harding Rd.
Clermont, IA 52135
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July 8, 2022: Soil Health and Grazing Field Day
12:30-3:00PM
Smith Family Farm
26129 Tivoli Ln.
Epworth, IA 52045
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July 27, 2022: Prairie Strips Field Day
5:30-7:30pm
19502 159th Ave
Zwingle, IA 52079
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August 4: Prairie Strips and Cover Crops Field Day
11:00am-1:30pm
Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park
2251 George Flagg Pkwy
Des Moines, IA 50321

August 24, 2022: Redefining the Field Edge Field Day
10:00am-12:00pm
16545 650th Ave
Nevada, IA 50201

 

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