Farmer-focused agronomy and conservation events coming

Three days, three farmer-focused events

March 3, 2022 | Kriss Nelson

The Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI) is hosting several events throughout northwest Iowa. From the economics of soil health to a systems approach for farming, there's something for everyone this month. All farmers in Iowa are welcome to join.


Economics of Soil Health

“Economics of Soil Health” will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 15 at the Harris Community Center, 100 Main Street S., Harris.

For this event, Iowa Soybean Association Conservation Agronomist Rosalie Roberts says they will be discussing implementing practices to reduce soil erosion, the transition to strip-till and no-till, the associated benefits, and the impacts of nitrogen in our soils and bodies of water.

Attendees will also have opportunities to learn from other farmers and gain a better understanding of nutrient cycling in soils and potential funding opportunities for conservation practices.

“Farmers should attend if they want to learn more about the value of soil health, hear from local farmers about how they reduced tillage on their farm and ways to stabilize or decrease losses of nitrogen fertilizers in their farming systems which are especially important this year with the high price of nitrogen fertilizers,” says Roberts.


For more information, contact Rosie Roberts at or 712-317-3533


Innovation to Higher Profit meeting

Ryan Johnson, ISA conservation agronomist, is hosting an “Innovation to Higher Profit” meeting on March 16 at the Buena Vista County Extension office, 824 Flindt Drive Suite 101 in Storm Lake.

The meeting is open for anyone wanting to hear about different soybean systems while maintaining profitability and more.

Scott Nelson, ISA senior field services program manager, will be sharing innovative ways to achieve a higher-yielding soybean and results from RCFI variable-rate nitrogen trials.

A part of the program is a panel discussion that will include a question-and-answer opportunity with two local farmers sharing their experiences with no-till and strip-till systems and cover crops on their farms.

“Even if you are a farmer already implementing these practices, come out and share your ideas,” says Johnson.

Funding sources to help develop these conservation practices will also be presented.

Johnson will be introducing himself in his role as the area’s conservation agronomist and how he can help with questions and assistance in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and in other areas of implementing conservation on your farm.

Carrington Tolzin will also be in attendance and explain her role as the Headwaters of the North Raccoon Watershed Coordinator.

RSVP for the meeting by March 14 at

For more information, contact Scott Nelson at or 515-729-8207  or
Ryan Johnson at or 712-229-7184. 


A Systems Approach to Farming Innovation: Updates and Opportunities

Joe Wuebker, ISA conservation agronomist, is hosting “A Systems Approach to Farming Innovation: Updates and Opportunities” on from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 17 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meeting hall, 19471 140th Street in Mount Carmel.

The focus of this event will revolve around sharing results from 2021 RCFI agronomy trials and updates on the Farm to River partnership, new RCPP opportunities, cover crop and edge-of-field funding availability and chances to participate in trials and water monitoring.

“I am looking forward to getting some new participants to look into working with us on trials and conservation practices this growing season,” says Wuebker.

RSVP by March 14 at

For more information, contact Scott Nelson or 515-729-8207  or
Joe Wuebker at or 712-790-1415.