AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) drainage webinar taking place Oct. 4 at noon CDT will feature Eileen Kladivko, professor of agronomy, Purdue University. Kladivko’s research and extension work focuses on soil conservation and management, resulting in the identification of soil management systems that improve environmental quality and promote agricultural sustainability.
In the webinar, “Drainage for the Long-Haul: Impacts on Crop Yields, Soil Health and Water Quality,” Kladivko will draw on learnings from a 35-year drainage study in Indiana to highlight the many benefits drainage practices offer in crop production, including improved timeliness and trafficability for field operations, improved crop growth and yield, and improvements in soil health over time. She will also discuss how drainage intensity correlates with nitrate leaching rates and the related effects on water quality.
“The implementation of drainage affects vast land areas in the Midwest and has dramatically increased productivity, but it is crucial that those of us working across agricultural landscapes also understand the environmental trade-offs of this important practice,” said Kladivko. “While drainage is important to crop growth, it is also a key management practice for soil health and resiliency. Applying the knowledge gained from long-term studies will help to deliver benefits on all sides of the landscape.”
Participants are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.
Don’t miss this webinar!
DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023
TIME: Noon CDT
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Shortly before noon CDT, click the link below or type this web address into your internet browser:https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172
Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172
Or, join via phone:
Meeting ID: 364 284 172
The webinar will also be recorded and archived. All archived webinars are available on the ILF website, so that they can be watched at any time.
ILF has applied for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) for attending this webinar. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live webinar.
Upcoming Webinars in the Series:
Up Next: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, “Market District Green Infrastructure: One of the largest urban water quality projects in the Midwest,” with Craig Clarkson, ISG, Inc.
Oct. 18: Jacqueline Comito, Iowa Learning Farms
Oct. 25: Christine Eckles, Blank Park Zoo
Nov. 1: Jessica Nelson, Iowa State University
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 Section319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.
— Iowa Learning Farms