Iowa Learning Farms to host nutrient management field day on Oct. 28 near Clutier

October 7, 2015

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a nutrient management field day on Wednesday, October 28, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the John and Brian Weber farm, rural Clutier.  The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.
Speaking at the field day are John and Brian Weber, who will talk about their nutrient management plan including their strip trials comparing sources and rates of nitrogen. John and his wife Kathy farm have been farming for 44 years and farm with their son Brian. To keep their soil in place is their number one concern and they have been no-tilling their soybean acres for over 10 years. For the last five years they have also seeded about 450 of their 2,400 acres with a cereal rye and some winter wheat cover crop. In addition to growing crops, they have three hog finishing sites. 
Also speaking at the field day are ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Meaghan Anderson and Agricultural Engineer Greg Brenneman.  They will discuss the results of the stalk nitrate test from the nitrogen application rate plots and demonstration soil sampling techniques for management soil phosphorus levels.  Shannon Mitchell will also provide an update on the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project.
The field day site is located at 2416 U Ave, rural Clutier. From Tama, take Highway 63 north for approximately 3 miles.  Turn right (east) onto E43 (295th St). Go ten miles and continue north onto Highway V18 (T Ave) for another 3 miles. Turn right (east) onto E36 (250th St).  Take the first left (north) on U Ave (gravel road).  The field day site is on the left (west) side of the road with many large grain bins.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Shannon Mitchell at 319-472-2161, extension 3.
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Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, 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 are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa.