Cardinal Farms Hosts ILF Field Day

Originally printed by ISU Extrension by Carol Brown, Liz Juchems

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Craig Fleishman farm, rural Minburn. The field day will focus on the idea of integrating several conservation farming practices to help reduce soil erosion and reduce nutrients entering Iowa’s water bodies.

Iowa-Learning_Farms_logo_ovalIowa Learning Farms farmer partner Craig Fleishman has been mindful of the changes he is making on his farm to do his part to help with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. His approach looks at the whole farm and what he can do to improve soil health and water quality while remaining profitable. He will share his approach to conservation farming at the field day. Attendees will visit a field that has been inter-cropped with corn, soybeans and oats, as well as a field recently planted with a mixture of cover crops.

Also speaking at the field day will be Rick Cruse, Iowa State University agronomy professor. Cruse has been working with the Iowa Daily Erosion Project and will discuss the concern of soil erosion in Iowa. Bob Hartzler, an ISU Extension and Outreach weed specialist, will offer tips and considerations for herbicides and cover crops.

The field day will be at the Fleishman farm, 17794 Quinlan Ave., Minburn. Coming from Granger: take F31 west out of town for 2.5 miles; turn north on R22 (T Ave.) and go one mile; turn west onto 180th Street and go 2.25 miles; turn right onto Quinlan Ave. From Minburn: go north on Highway 169 for one mile, turn east onto 180th Street; go 2.75 miles and turn north onto Quinlan Ave. The farmstead is on the east side of the road.

After listening to the speakers, attendees can enjoy a complimentary supper, prepared by Saddles BBQ in Madrid. The field day is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested by July 27. Contact Iowa Learning Farms to reserve a place for the meal: phone 515-294-5429, or email: [email protected].