Certified crop advisers (CCAs) can obtain 3 hours of credit in soil and water management by attending a special session at the Tile Installation Field Day at the Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on July 12.
The Tile Installation Field Day will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include the opportunity to see tiling machines in operation in the field as well as educational and commercial exhibits. The CCA session will begin at 11 a.m. with a viewing of trenching and plowing tiling machines in operation. Tile will be placed to compare shallow, narrow spacing of tile to deeper, wider spacing. Controlled drainage also will be featured, as well as a constructed wetland to reduce nitrates in the tile water.
In the afternoon, Matt Helmers, Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer, will present "Drainage Design Considering Economics and the Environment." Also featured in the afternoon will be Jim Baker, agricultural engineer and water quality expert, presenting "Water Quality Research in Iowa." The afternoon session will conclude at 2:30 p.m.
Registration for CCAs will begin at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee is $40, which includes lunch. Please pre-register by calling the Johnson County Extension Office at (319) 337-2145 or sending an e-mail to Jim Fawcett (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 10 to avoid a $10 late fee. The registration fee can be paid at the door. Rain date is July 13. To reach the research farm go 13/4 miles south of Crawfordsville on Highway 218, then 2 miles east on G-62, then 3/4 mile north.
This article originally appeared on page 175 of the IC-496(15) -- June 12, 2006 issue.