Polk SWCD: Managing Soil Function Field Day

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Polk Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a Field Day on “Managing Soil Function” using different management practices.  We will view soils using Soil Pits under four different management practices (No-till row crop, Kernza, Prairie and Alfalfa).  The Soil Pits will show soil structure, root penetration and differences in soil organic matter.  Dr. Lee Burras (ISU), Dr. Amber Anderson (ISU) Mary Tiedeman (ISU), and Tim Youngquist (ISU) will join us to talk about soil formation, and how plants play a key role in soil functions. We will run the “Rainfall Simulator” to discuss water run-off and infiltration under different management conditions.  Dr. Brandon Schlautman will discuss a unique perennial grain crop, Kernza that is grown at this Farm.  The day will conclude with a lunch at Fenceline Beer Lab, showcasing Chicken and Kernza waffles.  Kernza beer will also be available for sale.

What to expect:

  • Learn the importance of soil structure in row crop agriculture systems.
  • Information on an alternative cropping system: Kernza
  • Experience soil structure and horizons firsthand in 3 different soil pits. 
  • Understand how conservation management practices affect your soils productivity.   
  • Learn more about prairie strips and their ecological benefits. 



July 16, 2024 at 9:30am - 1:30pm
Tesdell Century Farm
300 NW 158th Ave
Slatere, IA 50244
United States
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