Wallaces Farmer Columns

The Iowa Learning Farms writes an article for Wallaces Farmer each month. Below are links to the PDF pages of the magazine in which ILF stories appear:


January -  page 41 "Assessment card helps keep soil in top health"

February -  page 44 "Who owns any creek?"

March -  page 44 "Lessons learned from a career in cover crops"

April -  page 30 "Watersheds reduce flooding, improve water"

May -  page 25 "Working to improve water quality"
           page 27 "Cover crop acres rising in Iowa at slower rate"

June  - online only "Planning field days just got easier"
            page 25 "Bear Creek improvements show results"

July -   page 40 "College Interns spread water quality message"
             front page "Conservation on the edge"; page 2

August - page 36 "Spring travels influence conservation goals"
              page 48 "Goal made: ILF visits state's 100 county fairs"; page 2

September -  page 50 "Taking conservation to a new level"
                      page 52 "Edge-of-field knowledge keeps moving forward"
                      page 53 "ILF leader: Conservation takes curiosity, creativity"

October - page 42 "Working with nature to achieve your goals"; page 2

November - page 50 "Social media campaign to promote cover crops"
                    page 74 "Water Rocks! revs up for another school year"


December -  page 28 "Project's aim: Flooding, water quality"

November -  page 56 "Reducing nutrient loss in watershed"

October -  page 32 "Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy creates a more resilient Iowa economy"

September -  page 56 "Water Rocks! debuts latest watershed game"

August -  page 48 "Will Palmer fears hurt conservation?" ; page 2  
                page 76 "Communication can aid water quality" ; page 2 

July -       page 23 "Land use changes can benefit fields and profits"  
                page 42-43 "Farming prairie potholes -- and other wet areas" ; page 2

June -       page 10 "No-till or strip till, what works best for you?" 
                 page 23 "Conservation podcast shares farmers' link to land" 

May -       page 3 "The scoop on wetlands, bioreactors and buffers"

April -       page 28 "Starting the conservation dialogue on cover crops"
                 page 29 "Cover crop acres grow despite tighter budgets" 

March -     page 29 "'Talking with your tenant' new series from ILF" 
                  page 58 "How cover crops affect corn,soybean yield"
                  page 63 "Familiar face returns to Iowa Learning Farms"

February - page 24 "Cover crop workshops planned"
                  page 36 "The latest on corn, nitrogen and rye cover crops" 

January - page 34 "Water Rocks! engages youth through music" 
Archived Articles from 2014, 2015 and 2016


ILF Journal of Extension Articles

Rapid Needs Assessment and Response Technique, April 2018

Field Day Success Loop, December 2017


ILF Opinion Articles

As Iowa Learning Farms celebrated its 10-year Anniversary in 2014, a series of opinion articles were sent to newspapers across Iowa. These op-ed articles support the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Iowa Learning Farms goal of adopting conservation practices on the land.
'Voluntary' shouldn't mean optional
Consider Wetlands
Cover crops are a conservation bargain
Creating a multifunctional landscape with buffers
 We're all in this together
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy: A Farmer's Perspective
by ILF farmer partner Tim Smith