The Conservation Station On the Edge brings conservation methodologies, facts, and support to farmers across Iowa.
Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), a hands-on education and outreach program providing farmers throughout Iowa with information and best practices in soil, water, and nutrient management solutions, has launched its latest traveling educational trailer. The Conservation Station On the Edge features saturated buffer and bioreactor models to demonstrate how these edge of field practices are installed and how the natural nitrate removal process works.
“The conservation methods being demonstrated are actually under ground and hidden from view once implemented,” said Matt Helmers, professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University and faculty advisor to ILF. “The working scale models allow farmers to visualize how these systems work, reduces uncertainty, and helps them grasp the low level of maintenance required to maintain the benefits. We are very excited to bring these new solutions to farmers and address any questions or concerns that might crop up.”
The new graphics and updated demonstrations incorporate research validating the advantages of these practices to reduce nitrates in our waterways. In addition, the ILF team is prepared to consult with farmers about individual requirements, potential cost-sharing resources, and best practices in preparing and implementing a conservation plan.
The On the Edge platform will be on display at the following locations throughout the summer. Please stop by to see these important solutions in action. Field day details can be found at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events
Date Event Location
July 11 NW Research Farm Field Day Sutherland
July 17 Prairie Rivers Field Day at FEEL Boone
July 18 5th Annual Borlaug Ag Institute Cresco
July 21 Linn County Conservation Tour Center Point
August 4 Mitchell County Fair Osage
August 7 Saturated Buffer, Cover Crops Field Day Walcott
August 9 Dickinson County Edge of Field Practice Field Day Spirit Lake
August 22 Walnut Creek Watershed Edge of Field Practice Field Day Polk County
August 23 Poweshiek County Bioreactor Field Day Brooklyn
August 28 to 30 Farm Progress Show Boone
September 5 Dordt College Edge of Field Practice Field Day Sioux Center
September 6 PFI Field Day Hosted by Dennis Carney Marble Rock
September 13 LICA Edge of Field Practice Field Day Melbourne
To learn more about Iowa Learning Farms outreach and education programs, please visit www.iowalearningfarms.org
About Iowa Learning Farms:
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) is building a Culture of Conservation by 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 include Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA Section 319), ISU’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, and Practical Farmers of Iowa.