Prairie Strips and Cover Crops Field Day to be held at Des Moines Water Works Park on August 4th | Building a Culture of Conservation

Prairie Strips and Cover Crops Field Day to be held at Des Moines Water Works Park on August 4th

July 7, 2022

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Science-Based-Trials-of-Rowcrops-Integrated-with-Prairie-Strips (STRIPS), Des Moines Water Works, and Landus will host a prairie strips and cover crops field day on Thursday, August, 4th from 11:00am-1:30 p.m. at the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Des Moines Water Works Park in Des Moines.  The event is free and open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal.

The field day will include welcome and remarks from Ted Corrigan, CEO/General Manager of Des Moines Water Works (DMWW).  DMWW protects public health by delivering safe, affordable drinking  water to  600,000 customers in central Iowa.   In order to raise awareness about protecting rivers and streams by using conservation practices upstream, DMWW has partnered with Landus to install cover crop test plots in Water Works Park.   Matt Carstens, CEO/President of Landus will talk about the partnership and the importance of conservation practices.   

The field day agenda will continue with Dr. Matt Helmers, Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Iowa State University.  He will share results from over 15 years of research on prairie strips as well as the progress on the nutrient reduction strategy in the State of Iowa. Liz Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms conservation and cover crop outreach specialist, will share a demonstration of the Conservation Station rainfall simulator and highlight the Grass to Gas Project looking to expand use of perennial vegetation for use in renewable natural gas.  Jessica Barnett, Supervisor of Property Management, Des Moines Water Works will showcase ways to use prairie to reduce goose pressure along shorelines.  Tim Youngquist, STRIPS farmer liaison, will discuss practical recommendations for successfully adding prairie strips to corn and soybean fields. 

The field day will be held at the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park, 2251 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines.  The field day is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Please RSVP to Tim Youngquist at 712-269-0592 or timyoung@iastate.edu.

For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.