The next regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. This month’s presenter is Brian Gelder, Iowa State University (ISU) Associate Scientist in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. His presentation will discuss updates to the Iowa Daily Erosion Project to Version 2 as it expands to cover neighboring states Minnesota and Kansas.
Brian Gelder utilizes his expertise in remote sensing of topography, residue cover, and tillage to generate erosion and runoff measurements as part of the Iowa Daily Erosion Project team. Based at ISU, the Iowa Daily Erosion Project simulates the erosion process daily on over 200,000 hill slopes across the state of Iowa using multiple high resolution inputs. Gelder also teaches an advanced level GIS programming and automation class at Iowa State.
The ILF webinars are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer and Internet access. To participate, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ just before 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the guest option. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Brian by typing their questions in the chatbox. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time. All past webinars are archived on the ILF website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.
Since January 2011, ILF has hosted a webinar every month. There are over 55 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors, and farmer perspectives. The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
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. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.