(DONAHUE, Iowa) – What will improve soil health to make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable for the next generation, and how does it impact the business side? Get the scoop from area farmers and other experts at a field day on July 12th near Donahue, Iowa. The event will focus on:
- Cover crop management and machinery set-up
- Herbicide and cover crop interactions
- Soil Health Properties
- Rainfall simulator demonstration
Soil Health Partnership farmers John and Joan Maxwell will host area growers, cover crop experts and neighbors from 10:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on July 12th at Cinnamon Ridge Farms 10600 275th St, Donahue, IA 52746. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal. This event is being held with support and collaboration from Iowa Learning Farms and the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District.
An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.
“We encourage farmers to ask questions that will help define how improving yields through better soil health will provide longer-term stability for their business,” said Elyssa McFarland, eastern Iowa field manager for SHP. “Soil health is more than just nutrient management. The other aspects of soil management will become keys to success as we move into a new frontier in agriculture.”
About the Soil Health Partnership
The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting both farmer profitability and the environment. The SHP tests, measures and advances progressive farm management practices that will enhance sustainability and farm economics for generations to come. SHP brings together diverse partners to work towards common goals. At least a ten-year scientific program led by the National Corn Growers Association, our vision is driven by initial and continuing funding and guidance from NCGA, Monsanto, the Walton Family Foundation, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative and USDA, with technical support from The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund. For more, visit soilhealthpartnership.org.
About the Iowa Learning Farms
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.iowalearningfarms.org.