AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00 p.m. about the importance of soil quality for agricultural production.
This webinar will cover how the quality of the soil impacts productivity of crops and how weather variation contributes to yield variation among years and within fields. Enhancing the soil pays dividends because of the improved water and nutrient availability to the crop during the reproductive stage of development. Dr. Jerry L. Hatfield, Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist at the USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will explain how soil can be enhanced by changing the system to promote and sustain an active soil biological system.
“The research paves the way for reduced yield variation among years and within fields,” said Hatfield, whose research focuses on understanding the dynamics of the G x E x M (genetics x environment x management) complex to evaluate the role of soil, with the changing weather, in crop performance. He wants webinar participants to understand that soils can change quickly and create a path toward increased efficiency of water and nutrient use.
A Cover Crop Adviser board approved continuing education unit (CEU) is available for those who are able to watch the live webinar. Information for submitting your CCA/CPAg/CPSS/CPSC number to earn credit will be provided at the end of the presentation.
To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12:00 p.m. on April 17, to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
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, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.
Hilary Pierce Jacqueline Comito
Extension Outreach Specialist ILF Program Director