Prairie strips the topic of July 9 virtual field day
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual prairie strips field day on Thursday, July 9 at 1 p.m.
Prairie strips is a farmland conservation practice that uses strategically placed native prairie plantings in crop fields. The practice has been tested by the Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips team since 2007 on experimental plots at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and increasingly on commercial farms across Iowa.
Participants will explore the multitude of benefits prairie strips can offer with Tim Youngquist, Iowa State University Prairie STRIPS farmer liaison, and Gary Guthrie, Story County landowner.
Results from more than eight years of trials showed that converting just 10% of a crop field to prairie strips could result in reduction of 95% of the sediment, 90% of the phosphorus and 84% of the nitrogen from overland flow of surface water.
“Prairie strips are a useful conservation tool that farmers and landowners throughout the Midwest are integrating into their farming operations,” said Youngquist. “Prairie keeps soil in place, filters water, offers habitat for many native species of wildlife and pollinators, provides beautiful blooming flowers, and more.”
Make plans to participate in the live field day. Shortly before 1 p.m. on July 9, click this URL: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduihpj8iE9ZHcjpsenc2DWQILG41wg0D or visit www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day.”
Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923; Meeting ID: 914 1198 4892.
The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time. The archive is available at www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events.
A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.