We have met all our goals for the last grant year!
This last grant year we have only had project funds for education and outreach, now with our new grant we have funds for cover crops and no-till/strip-till.
We held our first event (Cover Crop Workshop) December 3, 2019. The Project partnered with Iowa Learning Farms to put on the event. In addition to our farmer speakers Dale and Fred we had Kay Stefanik from the Iowa Nutrient Research Center who talked about edge-of-field practices and reducing the nitrogen leaving the field and Ann Staudt from Iowa Learning Farms talking about the benefits of earthworms to soil health and soil stability.
Pictured on the left is Kay Stefanik and on the right is Ann Staudt.
Dale Launstein (Left) and Fred Abels (Right) talk about using cover crops on their farms.
The Black Hawk Creek Watershed and Miller Creek Watershed partnered to host an edge-of-field event at the Dig Inn in Reinbeck. We talked about how to choose a good edge-of-field or wetland site by each practice. We also showed before an after photos of sites constructed. This event took place on March 11, 2020. After this our events got cut off due to COVID-19. We are hoping to have more field days and workshops in the summer and fall of 2020.
For more information about edge-of-field practices check out the pdf below.
During COVID-19 many of us have been working from home, helping with office coverage and doing lots of field work with the dry spring we had. When we survey sites we look at elevation, soil type and then determine its suitability. This site pictured is a survey for a saturated buffer site where we grab tile information and stream elevation.