AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place May 31 at noon CDT will feature Rabin Bhattarai, associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bhattarai discovers innovative ways to clean polluted waters. His research group develops sustainable engineering solutions to improve water quality and crop production through experimental studies and computer simulation models which can predict water quality and crop production at various scales.
In the webinar, “Can Cover Crops Still Provide Targeted Nutrient Loss Benefits in the Future?,” Bhattarai will provide an overview of impacts on water quality attributed to the extensive use of subsurface drainage in agricultural fields in the Midwestern U.S. which have contributed to local concerns as well as to the formation of the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. He will highlight the effectiveness of winter cover crops as an eco-efficient solution for reducing nitrate loss via sub-surface drainage channels in the maize-soybean system. Bhattarai will also discuss cost sharing incentives which have boosted practice adoption. In addition, he will offer insights into the long-term impacts of cover crops and discuss research efforts to better understand how climate change and other factors may affect efficacy.
“Winter cover crop adoption continues to rise, and their use has been identified as one of the most efficient practices not only for nutrient loss reduction but also for soil health improvement,” said Bhattarai. “Participants in this webinar should gain a better understanding of the long-term impacts of winter cover crops on soil, water-N and cash crop growth in the maize-soybean system, and how climate change will impact the nutrient loss and soil health benefits from cover crops.”
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, May 31, 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, June 7, 2023, “Maximizing N Availability to Crops While Minimizing N Losses to the Air,” with Craig Drury, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- June 14: Shane Wulf, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
- June 21: Jenn Ripp, Savanna Institute
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