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How do you add areas of prairie on your farm? Where do the strips go and how large should they be? Attend this field day to see and hear from host farmer Gary Guthrie about the process of adding prairie to a cash crop field. Also hear from STRIPs researcher Mary Harris about the benefits of prairie strips integrated with row crops for better bird, mammal and insect habitats.
The field day will include a complimentary meal provided with the Story County Cattlemen grilling. An RSVP is requested; please contact Iowa Learning Farms at 515-294-8912 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org by July 7.
Additionally, the Conservation Station will be on display. The Conservation Station features a rainfall simulator that shows the effects the effects that different surfaces from agricultural and urban environments have on the displacement of rainwater.
Directions: From Ames and the I-35/Hwy 30 interchange, go east on Highway 30 for 2 miles. Turn south (right) onto 580th Avenue and go 2 miles to 260th Street. Turn east (left) on 260th and go 0.25 mile.
News release about this event [ILF website]
View the Iowa Learning Farms' complete 2014 summer field day guide [PDF]
About ILF: 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 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.