Soil and Water Management

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  • 26. Continuous living cover agriculture: A market-based pathway to soil health (1.0 SW)

    Nicholas Jordan, professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN

    Continuous living cover (CLC) agriculture covers farmland with productive crops year-round. The Forever Green Initiative is developing a set of crops for CLC agriculture in the Midwest. These crops can provide a market-based pathway to soil health and regenerative agriculture. In this session, we'll review these crops and the value they can create, and describe our efforts to build strong markets and supply chains for these crops.
    Session D - Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    Session E - Wednesday, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

  • 27. Interactive cover crop simulator to quantify economic and environmental benefits (1.0 SW)

    Peter Kyveryga, director of analytics, Iowa Soybean Association, Ankeny, IA; Suzanne Fey, data analyst, Iowa Soybean Association, Ankeny, IA

    The online “Cover Crop Economic Simulator” is designed for farmers, landowners, crop consultants and agronomists interested in measuring the environmental, agronomic, and economic outcomes of cover crops. Based on partial budget economic analyses, the tool visualizes estimated revenue based on a range of market prices and crop yield ranges. It also provides examples of cost offset opportunities (federal and state cost share, ecosystem services payments and erosion reduction values) and includes their impact on net revenue.
    Session H - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
    Session I - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

  • 28. CSR2: A refresher on how it works... maybe where it doesn't? (1.0 SW)

    C. Lee Burras, Morrill Professor, Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    CSR2 is a simple soil productivity index that is used for a wide of purposes. This discussion explains its origins, mechanisms for updates and identifies situations where it falls short.
    Session F - Wednesday, 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    Session G - Wednesday, 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

  • 29. Are carbon programs the key to monetizing soil health? (1.0 SW)

    Alejandro Plastina, associate professor and extension economist, Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    We hear over and over again that conservation practices such as cover crops and no-till might dent profits in the short term but really add value to the land in the long term. Multiple carbon programs promise long-term payments for long-term adoption of annual conservation practices. We will review the main characteristics of major carbon programs, and address what needs to change in order for healthier soils to translate into higher land values.
    Session J - Thursday, 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM
    Session K - Thursday, 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

  • 30. Impact of changing precipitation trends on soil erosion risks (1.0 SW)

    Rick Cruse, professor, Agronomy and director, Iowa Water Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Precipitation intensity and amounts are changing. Frequency of intense storms, precipitation intensity, and seasonal shifts in precipitation patterns impact conservation planning needs. Risks associated with these changes will be addressed along with likely impacts if we continue with business as usual.
    Session M - Thursday, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
    Session N - Thursday, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

  • 31. How do Iowa farmers and the general public value water quality and visit Iowa lakes? (1.0 SW)

    Wendong Zhang, associate professor and extension economist, Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Using two new surveys such as the 2019 Iowa Lakes Survey, this presentation will provides up-to-date information on which Iowa lakes are most visited, how much knowledge Iowans have about the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and how much the general public and farmers are willing to pay for better water quality.
    Session L - Thursday, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    Session M - Thursday, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

  • 32. Strategies to manage for carbon in-field, in-forest and in-buffers (1.0 SW)

    Catherine DeLong, manager, Water Quality Program, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    This presentation will focus on various avenues to manage soil carbon in agricultural landscapes such as nitrogen management, cover crops, trees and buffers. Attendees will learn about tools to support incorporation of these practices and funding mechanisms to support the transition.
    Session A - Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
    Session B - Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM