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INRS, drainage field day set in Gilmore City

By Staff | Aug 16, 2015

GILMORE CITY – A nutrient reduction strategy field day is set from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site near Gilmore City.

This year’s field day celebrates the 25th anniversary for research and technology development of nutrient reduction strategies at the Gilmore City site.

The event will focus on impacts and findings from the past 25 years, current research results and their relationship to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Attendees will hear comments by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and John Lawrence, associate dean for Ag and Natural Resources, with Iowa State University Extension.

Speakers include:

  • Matt Helmers, an ISU professor and Ag and Biosystems engineer, will address the relationship of research at this site to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and outline future efforts and watershed-scale evaluation in collaboration with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.
  • Carl Pederson, an ag specialist and site manager, will discuss management and impacts of cover crops.
  • Bill Crumpton, an ISU professor of wetland ecology, will discuss nitrate removal wetland performance and monitoring for two years in the Pocahontas and Palo Alto County drainage districts.

There is no cost for the event and a light supper will be served prior to the program.

Sponsors include: the Pocahontas County Cattlemen, ISU Extension, Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship.

The field day and research site is located two miles west of Gilmore City on Iowa Highway 3, then one mile north on 320th Avenue and then one-half mile west on 510th Street.

This drainage research site was established in 1990 to address concerns with agricultural drainage wells and now the site is serving the broader purposes related to all water quality issues of tile drained landscapes.

For more information, contact Matt Helmers at (515) 294-6717 or :mhelmers@iastate.edu. or Extension Field Agronomists Paul Kassel in Pocahontas County at (712) 262-2264 or :kassel@iastate.edu, or ISU field agronomist Angie Rieck-Hinz in Humboldt County at (515) 532.3453: amrieck@iastate.edu.

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