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(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...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a monarch butterfly and wetland field day Wednesday, June 14th. The 10:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day will be held at a CREP wetland near Story City.  The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal. The field day is in...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Prairie Rivers of Iowa, will host a cover crop and soil health field day Tuesday, June 13th. The 5:00-7:00 p.m. field day will be held at Larry Haren’s farm, rural Webster City.  The field day is free and open to the public and includes a...
HOLLAND, Iowa — Cover crops and strip-tillage are two practices farmers can use to minimize erosion, boost soil health and reduce nutrients from entering waterways – and combining the two can augment their benefits. Fred Abels has been strip-tilling for more than 10 years, using homemade...
Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project, will host a filter strips and soil health workshop on Thursday, April 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morse Community Club near Iowa City.  The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal. Speaking at...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Union Count Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, March 29th. The 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day at Nick and Andrea Lacina’s farm, rural Afton.  The field day is free and open to the public and...
Ames, IOWA - According to the newly released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report, Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32% to 623,700 acres. While the positive growth with shrinking profit margins is encouraging, the rate of growth 3% slower than the growth measured the year...
Lyon Creek Map, Lyon Creek Negative Factors, Lyon Creek Postive Factors
This guest post was provided by Steve Hopkins, Nonpoint Source Coordinator with the Iowa DNR's Watershed Improvement Section. The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Social and Behavioral Research recently completed a study of farmers and stakeholders involved with the Lyons Creek...
Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Thursday, March 9, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch. Cover crops...
Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, March 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Dordt College. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch. Cover crops continue...
Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Tuesday, February 28, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Extension Office. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch...
Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Thursday, February 23, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Central City American Legion Post 421. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary...
Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, February 22, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Borlaug Learning Center. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch....
Guest post provided by Adam Wilke ISU Extension and Outreach Water Specialist. The Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) is a new five-year project focused on addressing factors associated with flood disasters in the state of Iowa. The IWA project will also provide benefits of improved water quality by...
Caring for Iowa’s farmland requires many decisions to be made that impact today and future generation’s ability to best utilize the land for agricultural production. Land rental relationships can vary, but many face similar challenges of discussing new conservation practices with your tenant or...
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host five cover crop workshops this winter in Floyd, Linn, Marion, Sioux and Hardin counties. The workshops are free, open to the public, and include a complimentary meal. Cover crops continue to grow...
Ames, Iowa—Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield and actually increased soybean yields in seven site-years and corn yield in two-sites years, according to an eight-year study conducted by the Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) and Practical...
By Jake Hansen IDALS DSCWQ, Water Resources Bureau Chief Chair, ILF Steering Committee Back in 2004, we had no idea what a success Iowa Learning Farms would be and that it would last 13 years! Started as a partnership of the key conservation stakeholders in Iowa, Iowa Learning Farms was our...
Water Resources 2016 Summer Intern collecting soil samples, County Fair visit with the Conservation Station
2017 Water Resources Summer Internship Program Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Iowa State University Position Description: /Have an interest in the environment, conservation, and agriculture, particularly water and soil quality?  We are seeking undergraduate...
Friday, December 9th marked the end of the Iowa Learning Farms 2016 field work season with bulk density sampling for our Conservation Learning Lab project sites in Floyd and Story County. Throughout the year we have collected water samples, cover crop biomass samples, spring nitrate soil samples,...
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AMES, Iowa – The common nightcrawler, Lumbricus terrestris, is a deep-burrowing worm species that is found in many Iowa crop fields. The presence of nightcrawlers can serve as one indicator of the overall soil health in Iowa’s agricultural ecosystems. Ann Staudt, Assistant Manager of the Iowa...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Dry Run Creek Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, November 17th. The 12:00-2:00 p.m. field day near Cedar Falls is free and open to the public. It includes a complimentary lunch. Attendees...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop grazing field day Tuesday, November 15th. The 12:30-2:30 p.m. field day at Kellie and AJ Blair’s farm, rural Dayton.  The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch...
Cover crop close up of fall growth
Led by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and CleanWaterIowa, we are joining the celebration of Cover Crop Week. Cover crops are a great way to improve soil health and protect water quality. Many Iowa farmers are adding cover crops to their crop rotations so soil stays...
Matt Helmers
Ames, Iowa –Iowa Learning Farms has hosted a number of field days in 2016 where farmers, landowners, agriculture professionals and many others have come together to learn about conservation farming practices. At these events, many attendees have had common questions, and sometimes common...

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