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Smeltzer Trust Farm site of ILF field day

By Staff | Jul 4, 2013

OTHO – Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust Farm near Otho on from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 17, and is approximately 2.5 miles south of Otho on County Road P59.

The field day will feature several topics as visitors tour the farm. This field day was postponed from June 12 due to the wet spring and late planting.

The field day agenda includes:

– Farmers discussing the benefits of no-till and strip-till compared to traditional tillage using a 150-foot soil root pit dug across these three practices as a visual aid.

Visitors can compare the soil quality and root depth between these practices.

– Learn about cover crops and bioreactors.

These in-field and edge-of-field practices will lessen nitrogen and phosphorus entering the waterways in accordance with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Local Natural Resources Conservation Service field staff will share work being done with buffers and stream banks to lessen erosion for improved water quality.

Demonstrations of the Conservation Station’s rainfall simulator will be conducted as well.

The field day includes a complimentary evening meal. The event is free.

The field day is sponsored by Iowa Learning Farms in cooperation with the Webster and Hamilton County NRCS and the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust.

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