Iowa Learning Farm to Host Strip till Field Day at Emmetsburg

Iowa Learning Farm to Host Strip till Field Day at Emmetsburg

Event on October 28 in northwest Iowa will give farmers opportunity to see strip tillage equipment in action from several suppliers and hear from educators and experienced farmers on how to make strip till work.

The Iowa Learning Farm program will host a strip till field day at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, on Wednesday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The field day will allow farmers to see strip-tillage equipment in action from several suppliers and hear from educators and experienced farmers who have been practicing strip tillage.


Strip tillage marries the best aspects of conventional tillage with the benefits of no-till. In the fall, the strip tiller creates strips of exposed soil, broken up by a coulter and shank, and moves surface residue between the strips. In the spring, the strip of exposed soil warms and dries faster than the rest of the field, making this system ideal for colder, wetter soils.


Equipment will be demonstrated, experts will answer questions


The field day will be held at the college's student agriculture farm, located one-half mile west of the intersection of Highways 4 and 18, three miles west of Emmetsburg. The farm is on the north side of the road. Before and after lunch, attendees can view strip-tillage operations in the field from a variety of implement manufacturers. Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. lunch will be served at the farm, sponsored by Ag Partners and the Silver Lake Water Quality Project. 


During the meal, Iowa State University Extension agronomist Mahdi Al-Kaisi and ISU agricultural engineer Mark Hanna will discuss the benefits of strip tillage. Also, a panel of farmers practicing strip tillage will share their experiences and answer questions. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff will be available to talk about local cost-share opportunities for farmers interested in trying strip-tillage on their farm for the first time.


Organizers request that you pre-register if you plan to attend


The field day includes a complimentary lunch. The event is free and the public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is recommended. Please call the Palo Alto NRCS office, 712-852-3386 Ext. 3, to register. In the event of bad weather, the field day will be postponed to Friday, October 30.


The Iowa Learning Farm takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping our state's natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of the ILF is to build a culture of conservation, encouraging adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF staff are working together to identify and help farmers and landowners put into practice the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

ILF is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, ISU Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Ag at ISU, Iowa NRCS and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and Iowa Farm Bureau.



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