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Monitoring tile lines for nitrates field day set Tuesday

By Staff | Jul 9, 2013

EAGLE GROVE – Farmers will get a chance to learn how to monitor nitrogen in their tile lines at 9 a.m., on Tuesday in Eagle Grove; and at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Webster City.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to determine the nitrate concentration in tile lines. This data will be for information only, said Bruce Voight, coordinator for the Boone River Watershed, a part of the larger Mississippi River Watershed Initiative. This is an opportunity for one to determine just how much (or how little) nitrates are in their field tile lines, Voight said.

There are two opportunities for this process. The first one is at 9 a.m. at the Eagle Grove Memorial Library for a briefing session on water monitoring of nitrates.

From there attendees will go to a field to take nitrate readings in a tile line.

The second opportunity is at 12:30 p.m. in Hamilton County at the Webster City Fire Station.

Following the briefing on water monitoring, attendees will go to a nearby field to take nitrate readings in a tile line.

Participants will receive, at no cost, nitrate monitoring kits through the IOWATER program.

For additional information, contact Voight in Clarion at (515) 532-2165 or in Webster City at (515) 832-2916.

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