Nutrient management field day set Aug. 27

WEBSTER CITY/WOOLSTOCK – Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a field day at 4 p.m., on Aug. 27 at two sites.

The first site will be at the Arliss Nielsen farm at 3150 Hancock Ave., north of Woolstock. The field day will then move to the Larry Haren farm, 1387 Kendall Young Road in rural Webster City.

The field day will focus on soil health using cover crops, reduced tillage and nutrient management in the Boone River Watershed.

Nutrient management will be the focus at the Nielsen farm. Wright County farmer Tim Smith will discuss strip-till, cover crops and bioreactors used in his farming operation.

Hagie Manufacturing will have a nitrogen toolbar/cover crop bar demonstration. Nielsen will discuss his experiences with no-till, nutrient management, a bioreactor, and drainage water management on his farm.

Jim Gillespie, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will provide information on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

At the Haren farm, attendees will take an in-depth look at cover crops. Haren will discuss his success using cover crops. A PFI staff member will discuss fall cover crop seeding and growing cover crops for seed; with the possibility of an aerial seeding demonstration.

Bruce Voigt and Emily Funk, both with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, will discuss chlorophyll meters and the calculator tools for nutrient management.

The field day will conclude with a complimentary supper.

Pivotal partners working together with the watershed residents to improve water quality in the Boone River Watershed include Coca-Cola, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Soybean Association, Walmart, Cargill, Monsanto, Iowa Corn Growers Association, EcoSystem Services Exchange, Agri-Drain Corp., Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation, Wright and Hamilton Counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

To reach the Nielsen farm from Woolstock, travel north on Hancock Avenue 1.5 miles. The field day site is at the corner of Hancock Avenue and 315th Street.

The Haren site is just northeast of Webster City. From the Nielsen farm, follow Hamilton County R33 south to County Road D20. Turn left (east) and go approximately 1.75 miles to Kantor Avenue. Turn right (south) and travel to Kendall Young Road, turn right and go one mile to the Haren farmstead.