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Tile inlet nutrient reduction practices event set Oct. 29

By Staff | Oct 23, 2016

ALDEN – The Southfork Watershed Alliance will host a tile inlet nutrient reduction practices field day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Royle Duncan farm a half mile south of County Highway D25 on EE Avenue in Alden.

The event is free. It will include a complimentary meal catered by Westside Restaurant in Alden.

With the help of a grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Southfork Watershed Alliance implemented a three-part nutrient reduction strategy focusing on reducing phosphorus loss near and around field inlets.

The proper use of blind inlets, filter socks, and buffer strips, helps reduce nutrient and sediment losses from our rich Iowa soil.

Speaking at the field day is Martin Shipitalo, researcher with USDA-Agriculture Research Service, who will describe the projects at the site.

Participants will be transported to the field via hayrack to view each practice. Also speaking at the field day is Adam Kiel, an Iowa Soybean Association water quality researcher, discussing the results of a study done on the profitability of farming prairie potholes.

Producers participating in the IDALS grant will share their experiences with the practices. There will be time for discussion and questions with all presenters.

Reservations are requested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Melissa Miller at (515) 294-7467to RSVP. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with refreshments served; participants will board the shuttle to practices at 10:20 a.m..

Event partners include IDALS, E-Tube, Hardin and Hamilton County Farm Bureauoffices, Hardin County ISU Extension, Hardin County Corn Growers, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

For more information about Southfork Watershed Alliance, visit the website: southforkwatershed.org.

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