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Two learning opportunity events planned

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Two upcoming events offer educational opportunities for farmers and landowners. A Dec. 11 meeting near Lewis will focus on the soybean gall midge, and an edge-of-field drainage workshop is set for Dec. 19 in Lake View. (photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

By Carol Brown, ISA environmental communications specialist

Two events sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) are approaching soon.

Understanding gall midge meeting

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the ISA On-Farm Network®, in conjunction with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, will host a roundtable discussion at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. with small group discussions focusing on data collection and updates from researchers working on the soybean gall midge. Attendees also will collaborate on how to improve ISA On-Farm Network trials. 

ISA Field Agronomist Drew Clemmensen and ISU Extension Field Agronomist Aaron Saeugling are the event hosts.

“Participants can expect a highlight of what we know about the soybean gall midge and to learn how to manage it better,” said Clemmensen. “I want to understand what measures are effective in controlling the gall midge that are practical and sustainable for growers’ operations. Also, I hope to gain feedback from the group on what types of on-farm trials ISA should implement.”

Conservation drainage workshop

The second event is a Conservation Drainage Workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 19, set to begin at 10 a.m. at the Lake City Community Center, 105 N. Center Street, Lake City.  Farmers, certified crop advisors, agronomists and those interested in learning about the impacts of conservation drainage are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credit will be available at this event.

Chris Hay, ISA senior environmental scientist, will lead the workshop and cover topics including:

  • Nutrient cycling and water quality impacts
  • How each nutrient practice works and their effectiveness
  • Siting considerations and costs of implementation, and
  • The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the conservation drainage connection.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about the many options that exist to address drainage leaving our Iowa farms. The Farm to River Partnership project has the opportunity to install 30 edge-of-field practices at no cost to landowners in the project area,” said Diane Ercse, Farm to River Partnership coordinator. “This is a great learning opportunity for farmers and landowners, land managers, contractors and others serving our ag community.”

This event is hosted by the North Raccoon Farm to River Partnership and sponsored by Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA), Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Clean Water Iowa. 

RSVP information

Lunch is included at both events. There is no cost to attend either event, but an RSVP is recommended. Please RSVP to Sue Derscheid at Indicate which event you are planning to attend and how many people will be with you.

Contact Carol Brown at

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