Building crop resiliency focus of upcoming field day

June 21, 2022

The Iowa State University (ISU) Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm in Lewis (Cass County) will serve as the backdrop for an upcoming field day focused on building resilience in cropping systems on Wednesday, June 29.

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is co-sponsoring the event with the Wallace Foundation and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - in collaboration with the Southwest Iowa Soil Health (SWISH) team.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. with registration, the agenda features sessions on corn rootworm management, science-based trials of row crops integrated with prairie strips demo, using soil health principles to build stress tolerance in cropping systems, and maximizing cover crops benefits using diverse species. There will also be a demo on how to interseed cover crops and a discussion on cereal rye termination timing and options.

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Drew Clemmensen, a member of SWISH and ISA’s field service program manager for southwest Iowa, said field days like this are important for soybean producers.

“Field days and demonstration gives farmers a one-stop shop to see and hear about practices that can improve soil health and water quality,” he says. “Farmers will hear about the latest ISU research, learn about benefits of practices and connect with programs that will support farmers adopting practices.”

In addition to what is occurring at this upcoming field day, Clemmensen says ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI) also has several on farm research trials and new opportunities in the works. He will be in attendance to meet with farmers and answer questions.

The field day is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Register with Ruth Blomquist via phone at (712) 254-4346 (office) or (319) 541-2969 (cell); or e-mail: Along with the ISA, other sponsors of the field day include: No-Till on the Plains; Benson Hill; Nutrien Ag Solutions in Hancock; Aaron Sick with TFS AG Solutions in Carson; and Iowa Cover Crop.

The demonstration farm is located at 53020 Hitchcock Ave., Lewis.