This month's Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. This online series over the Internet is held on the third Wednesday of each month.
Christopher Anderson, assistant director of the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University, is this month's presenter. He will discuss the increasing Iowa rainfall amounts and the implications this has on the agricultural industry.
The Climate Science Program, headed up by ISU professor Eugene Takle, explores the discipline of meteorology, but emphasizes climate as opposed to weather. Climate science is the study of aggregate weather events over certain time periods, whereas meteorology is the study of individual events. The Climate Science Program works with regional climate change data and then transforms it into information that decision-makers can use. Decision-makers include people working with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Army Corp of Engineers -- virtually anyone dealing with soil and water and are affected by climate.
ILF's May webinar will focus on our changing weather patterns
To connect to the webinar, go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log using the guest option. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate.
The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions. The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
ILF to host cover crops field day June 5 in Tama County
Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Union Grove Lake Watershed Group and the Tama Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a "Cover Crops for Forage and Grazing" field day at the farm of Randy Seinknecht in Gladbrook, Iowa from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 5. The event will focus on providing information on using cover crops, a water and soil conservation method, as material for grazing and forage. The event is free of charge and open to the public, and a lunch will be provided.
Attendees will hear host farmer Randy Seinknecht and Marshall County farmer Wade Dooley discuss the use of a winter cereal rye as a cover crop for grazing. Both farmers are also bailing the crop to use as forage. ISU Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab will also speak, providing information on the potential of this conservation method.
In addition to these speakers, the ILF Conservation Station will be present. The Conservation Station features a rainfall simulator that shows the effects that different surfaces from agricultural and urban environments have on the displacement of rainwater. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling 641-484-2702, ext. 120 by June 2. The event site is located at 2262 C Ave, Gladbrook. From Garwin, go west on T47 for 2 miles. Turn north (right) onto C Ave; go north for 1.5 miles. The farmstead is on the left side of the road. From Gladbrook, go south on T47 for 4 miles. Turn west (right) onto 220th St; go west for 1 mile, turn south (left) onto C Ave.; go south ½ mile. The farm will be on the right.
For information about Iowa Learning Farms visit the ILF website.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa.