Many oxbows in close proximity

(Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / File Photo)

Oxbows highlighted at Innovation to Profit field day

May 16, 2024 | Kriss Nelson

The Iowa Soybean Association's (ISA) Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI) has announced a series of meetings that will showcase the association's research and conservation efforts.

The Innovation to Profit Summer Series of meetings begins on June 13 in Paton. Hosted by ISA farmer-member John Marshall, the field day will feature a tour of three oxbows on land he farms for his aunt, Linda Evans.

Brandon Iddings, ISA conservation services manager, worked with Marshall and Evans on their oxbows, which they completed last fall.

"Attendees will learn about oxbow restoration and its potential benefits," says Iddings. "They will also receive information about ISA research trials, water monitoring, and cost-share program opportunities for implementing in-field and edge-of-field practices on their farms."

The Innovation to Profit Summer series are locally led, locally relevant and locally driven to deliver.

"The goal of these meetings is to bring our staff to the farmers at the local level, where they can see these conservation practices in action," says Paige Whitney, ISA Producer Services coordinator. "We encourage conversations between ISA staff and farmers about the issues they're seeing and how we can work together for the betterment of the soybean industry."

The meeting will be held June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 683 S. Ave, Paton. For more information and to register, click here.

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The "Innovation to Profit Summer Series" of meetings will continue throughout the summer.

In southeast Iowa, a field day will be held Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mark Boender’s farm and oxbow site, 1634 235th Street, Oskaloosa.

In the northeast area of the state, a meeting will be held Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Joe and Suzanne Shirbroun’s farm, 17724 Highway 52, Farmersburg.

Full agendas, registration and links will be shared soon.