Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a nutrient management field day on Wednesday, October 28, from 4-6 PM on the John and Brian Weber farm, rural Clutier. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.
Speaking at the field day are John and Brian Weber, who will talk about their nutrient management plan including their strip trials comparing sources and rates of nitrogen. John and his wife Kathy have been farming for 44 years and farm with their son Brian. To keep soil in place is their number one concern and they have been no-tilling soybean acres for over 10 years. For the last five years they have also seeded about 450 of their 2,400 acres with a cereal rye and some winter wheat cover crop. In addition to growing crops, they have three hog finishing sites.
Also speaking at the field day are ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Meaghan Anderson and Agricultural Engineer Greg Brenneman. Each will discuss the results of the stalk nitrate test from the nitrogen application rate plots and demonstration soil sampling techniques for management soil phosphorus levels. Shannon Mitchell will also provide an update on the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project.
The field day site is located at 2416 U Ave, rural Clutier (west side of the road with many large grain bins).