Webinar: Redefining the Field Edge Case Studies

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Feb. 16 at noon CST will feature Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist at Iowa State University. Licht focuses on identifying and teaching about holistic approaches to managing Iowa cropping systems to achieve productivity, profitability, and environmental goals. His research is centered around varied aspects of soybean, corn, and cover crop management.

In the webinar, Licht will utilize case study materials that have been developed to aid in understanding the short- and long-term impacts of different management practices. He will highlight an approach to identifying unprofitable sub-field areas and ways that conversion of those areas from row crops to perennials can increase whole field profitability while also delivering water quality and wildlife benefits. In this session, Licht will focus on flood-prone areas that are often not profitable.

“With the approaches in this case study, we ask farmers to take a different and sometimes more creative look at how they define the edges of a field,” said Licht. “Through this approach, we hope to help them achieve long-term profitability by converting these areas to perennials. The case study resources provide information and practice recommendations that we hope will spur some new ideas about how field boundaries can be changed in ways that can provide multifaceted benefits including increased profitability, better water quality, and greater wildlife habitat.”

Webinar access instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CST Feb. 16:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available online.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.