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Drainage management field day set Thursday

By Staff | Sep 4, 2015

WOOLSTOCK – Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a field day from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Arliss Nielsen farm, 3150 Hancock Ave., in Woolstock.

Also sponsoring the field day are Iowa Soybean Association and the Boone River Watershed Water Quality Initiative.

The field day will focus on the topics of drainage, water management and cover crops. Nielsen recently had a drainage system installed on 320 acres of his farm as well as a bioreactor. He, along with his contractor, will discuss the steps involved with installation and benefits of having a water drainage system and a bioreactor.

Other speakers and topics include:

  • Wright County farmer Tim Smith, will share his experience of adding conservation practices on his farm to improve water quality. Smith is using a number of practices including cover crops, filter and buffer strips, grassed waterways, reduced tillage and a bioreactor. All of these practices help reduce nutrients leaving fields and entering waterways-the goal of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
  • Keegan Kult and Kellie Blair with the Iowa Soybean Association, will share data from the ISA bioreactor project.
  • Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers of Iowa, will share results of a long-term cover crop research project and a cover crop seeding method project.
  • Bruce Voigts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, will provide cost share funding that is available for conservation practices and give updates with the Boone River Watershed WQI.

There is no cost to attend this event. Supper will be sponsored by Iowa Soybean Association. An RSVP is requested for an accurate meal count. Contact the Clarion NRCS office at (515) 532-2165 by Sept. 8.

From Eagle Grove, go south on Highway 17 for two miles. Turn east (left) onto 300th St. and proceed for three miles. Turn south (right) onto Hancock Ave. (R33) and go one mile. The farmstead is on the east side of the road at the T-intersection of Hancock Ave. and 315th St.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a guideline to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus that enter Iowa’s waterways. Using a suite of conservation practices such as cover crops, extended rotations, nutrient management, and edge-of-field structures such as bioreactors and wetlands will reduce nonpoint source pollution significantly in Iowa waters and downstream. For more information on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, visit the website: www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu.

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