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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...
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...
Water Rocks! Team Iowa Environmental Excellence Accepts Award at Iowa State Capital
AMES - Water Rocks!, Iowa State University’s youth water education program, received an Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Education on Aug. 2, 2016, at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Water Rocks! delivers unique, entertaining and engaging science-based...
Written by Bob Hartzler and Meaghan Anderson for Integrated Crop Management News and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Sept. 14, 2016 Most people are aware of Palmer amaranth seed contamination in native seed mixes. These findings have led to questions about whether cover crop...
Ames, Iowa–As fall cover crops go into the ground, many farmers have questions about how to best manage cover crops and achieve benefits such as soil health and nitrate retention. Dr. Mike Castellano will share his research on how cover crops can best be managed to maximize benefits during the Iowa...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Sac County Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Sac County Soil and Water Conservation District and Black Hawk Lake Watershed Project, will host a soil health and cover crop field day at Black Hawk Lake in Lake View on Thursday, September...
Iowa Learning Farms, along with The Eastern Iowa Airport, University of Iowa and the STRIPS project, will host a field day on Thursday, September 8th. The 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. field day near Cedar Rapids is free and open to the public. It will begin with a complimentary meal served by the Linn...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day Wednesday, September 7th. The 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day near Keota is free and open to the public....
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with the STRIPS project, will host a field day on Tuesday, September 6th. The 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. field day near Dike is free and open to the public. It will include with a complimentary meal. The field day will highlight the installation of a...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in cooperation with farmer partner Tim Smith and the Soil Health Partnership, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, August 25th. The 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. field day near Eagle Grove is free and open to the public. It includes a complimentary lunch. The...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, August 24th. The 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day near Newell is free and open to the public. It includes coffee at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude with a complimentary lunch....
Lisa Schulte-Moore
AMES, Iowa–A virtual watershed game that allows users to experiment with different land management scenarios is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms’ August webinar on Wednesday, August 17 at 1 p.m. Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore will discuss the People in Ecosystems/Watershed Integration (PEWI)...
Zwiefel Farm Day
Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Clean Water Alliance and Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a soil health and cover crop field day near Lake Park on Wednesday, August 10. The 5:00-7:30 p.m. event hosted by Jared and Mary Herbert is free and open to...
Nolte Field Day
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms and farmer partner Mark Thompson will host a strip-tillage and cover crop field day Thursday, July 28. The 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day near Badger is free and open to the public. It includes a complimentary lunch. Attendees will hear from host farmer Mark...
Meerdink Cover Crops
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Jasper County Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District and Iowa Corn Growers Association, will host a soil health and cover crop field day at the Jasper County Fair on Tuesday, July 19. The...
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AMES, Iowa — Building A Culture of Conservation is the theme for the Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar on Wednesday, July 20th at 1 p.m. Dr. Jacqueline Comito and Ann Staudt will showcase some significant ways that the Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) and Water Rocks! programs have been educating...
Cover Crop Soybean Residue
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO), will host a back to the basics cover crop field day and discuss opportunities to add a cover crop following seed corn on Thursday, July 14, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Tama Civic...
Field Day Toolkit Book Cover
AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms has released a Field Day Toolkit, a new guide on how to hold an effective field day from planning to evaluation.   “Field days have been at the heart of Iowa Learning Farms since its inception in 2004. We have coordinated over 190 farmer field day/workshops...

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