Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Corn Promotion Board, will host a cover crop and wetland field day near Gilmore City on Wednesday, August 30. The 5:30-7:30 p.m. event held at the ISU Drainage Research and Demonstration Project, owned by the Pocahontas Soil and Water Conservation District, site is free and open to the public. It will begin with a complimentary dinner.
The field day will feature Bob and Jay Lynch, Humboldt County farmers. Together the father and son have incorporated many conservation practices into their management of their Century Farm. After adopting a no-till and strip-till system over seven years ago, the duo has continued to look for ways to protect their soil and its health. In 2012, they choose to seed cover crops on about 140 acres of prevented-plant land. After seeing the benefits, cereal rye cover crops have been an essential tool in the Lynch farming operation. They will share their experiences with the practices and tips for making a no-till/strip-till and cover crop system work.
Also speaking is Matt Helmers, ISU professor and Ag and Biosystems engineer, who will share results from the over twenty-five years of research collected at the drainage site. Local watershed coordinators, Lee Gravel with North Raccoon Watershed and Jordan Kolarik with Boone River Watershed, will share project updates and opportunities to get involved. The field day will conclude at a nearby nitrate removal wetland with William Crumpton, ISU professor of environmental science and wetland ecology expert.
The field day will be held at the ISU Drainage Research and Demonstration site. From Gilmore city, go two miles west on Highway 3, then one mile north on 320th Avenue and then one-half mile west on 510th Street.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: www.iowalearningfarms.org.
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.