October 7 Webinar: Choosing an Edge-of-Field Practice: Decision Trees Can Help

September 30, 2020

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, October 7 at noon about using decision trees to help choose an edge-of-field practice.

Edge-of-field practices, such as bioreactors, saturated buffers and wetlands, can effectively address water quality concerns, but it is important to select the right practice for your site and goals. Chris Hay, Sr. Manager—Production Systems Innovation with Iowa Soybean Association, will cover the basics of edge-of-field practices and some of the siting considerations for the different practices during this webinar. Hay will also discuss decision trees that can help farmers, landowners and conservation professionals select an edge-of-field practice.

The decision trees were developed as part of the Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual. The full manual is available as a free download from the ISU Extension Store or our website https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/. “Edge-of-field practices are some of the best performing water quality practices, but it can be confusing to know what practices will work at a particular site,” said Hay. “These newly developed decision trees can help both farmers and conservation professionals select edge-of-field practices that best match their situation.”   

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12:00 pm CDT on October 7:

Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172

    Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172 


Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

    Meeting ID: 364 284 172


The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms 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 the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.


Hilary Pierce                                       Jacqueline Comito

Extension Outreach Specialist            ILF Program Director

hepierce@iastate.edu                            jcomito@iastate.edu

515-294-8912                                       515-296-0081