Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a strip-tillage field day at the Robert Lynch farm near Gilmore City on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. With today’s high fuel prices, cash rents and land costs, there has never been a better time to explore reduced tillage options. Attend the field day to see how strip-tillage works and learn from local farmers who are experienced with this practice.
Strip-tillage marries the best aspects of conventional tillage with the benefits of no-till. Before planting (fall post-harvest, or spring pre-plant) a strip-tillage implement creates strips of tilled soil. Surface residue is left undisturbed between the tilled strips. In the spring, corn or soybeans are planted into the tilled soil strips, which warm and dry faster than the rest of the field, making this system ideal for some Iowa soil types. Landowners and farmers should see better water infiltration, improved soil structure, and potential for reduced fuel, machinery and other crop input costs with the implementation of strip-tillage.
Hear from Robert Lynch and son Jay as well as Mark Thompson who have been practicing strip-tillage for some time. They will share their experiences with others interested in this conservation tillage practice. The field day is free and the public is invited. A complimentary lunch is included.
The field day site is located at the Robert Lynch farm, 809 Southeast D Ave., Gilmore City. From Highway 3 just east of Gilmore City, turn south onto Birch Ave. and go one-quarter mile. Turn west on to Southeast D Ave. The farm is one-half mile from Birch Ave. on the north side of the road.
Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to encourage farmers to implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable. Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between 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); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.