EDITOR’S NOTE: This press release has been updated from a version published on August 18, 2021 to include a recording of the webinar.
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar that took place on Aug. 25 at noon featured Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist at Iowa State University. Licht’s research focuses on corn and soybean cropping systems and management that includes integration of cover crops, no-till and strip-till practices.
In the webinar, “In the Field: A Conservation Case Study,” Licht shares the components, results, and educational versatility of an in-field case study developed in collaboration with the Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to demonstrate the benefits of conservation practices integrated with common Iowa farming methods. The case study is part of an ongoing effort to create and distribute tangible educational materials for use in agronomy curricula for high school and college programs, field days and other training opportunities for farmers and agronomists.
“Research has consistently shown in-field practices such as cover crops, no-till and strip-tillage contribute positively to supporting resilient production while building soil health and reducing nutrient losses,” said Licht. “Field- and farm-scale case studies such as the one I am discussing in the webinar help get relevant information into the hands of farmers. I hope this and other case studies illustrating the broad use of in-field conservation practices will resonate with farmers and encourage adoption of practices that are right for each farm and field.”
About Iowa Learning Farms:
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by 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 include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.
— Iowa Learning Farms
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