Event Schedule for Monday July 19th, 2021
Tech Hub LIVE Field Day
Couser Cattle Company at The Modern Ag Farm, Nevada, IA
Limited Spots Available!
Before the Conference, enjoy a full afternoon of networking and learning at the Tech Hub LIVE Field Day on Monday, July 19. Buses depart the Iowa Events Center promptly at 10:45 a.m. for Couser Cattle Company at Modern Ag Farm, a fully integrated farming operation featuring everything from row crop production to animal ag and ethanol.
The tour kicks off with a delicious barbeque lunch, where you’ll be able to meet and chat with Mike Naig, Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture. Farm owners Tim and Bill Couser will be on hand to lead instructional demonstrations and engaging discussions, and leading ag technology companies will provide eye-opening demonstrations of their products and systems in a special demo area.
Technology permeates every aspect of the farming operation. The Cousers incorporate a wide range of technology and advanced agronomic practices to improve stewardship, sustainability, water quality, and soil health. Key practices include Seed Corn Production, Compost and Manure Application, Cover Crops, Narrow Row Corn and Soybeans, Strip Intercropping, Test Plots, Single Pass Stover Harvest, Product Trials, and Yield Mapping.
A separate registration fee of $99 is required for the field day. Limited spots are available.
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Event Schedule for August 21st, 2019
Stop 1: Couser Cattle Company, Nevada
Since 1977, Bill and Nancy Couser have been building their cattle and cropping operation into a model of economic and environmental sustainability. Today, their son Tim represents the third generation on the place, and manages the cropping side of the business. Together, the Cousers continue to forge paths to new levels of sustainability, pioneering manure management, stover harvest, cover crops and edge-of-field practices, many of which are demonstrated on their 220-acre AGvocacy Learning Farm. We'll learn from Bill, Tim and other speakers about:
• Maximizing opportunities for marketing corn and corn stover
• Managing cattle manure to benefit soil health and water quality
• Precision technologies for row crop production
• Edge-of-field practices, including saturated buffers and bioreactors
Stop 2: New Century FS, Melbourne
As trusted advisors, suppliers and custom applicators, ag retailers play pivotal roles in the adoption of conservation practices. At New Century FS Melbourne Service Center—a Responsible Ag Certified facility—location manager Dan Hart and his team will introduce us to the world of commercial-scale handling of fertilizer and crop protection products and the individualized, field-scale crop advising and application that help farmers achieve their
conservation and production goals. As we explore the state-of-the-art facility, we will encounter:
• The perspective of Certified Crop Advisors on supporting conservation goals
• Fertilizer handling, seed treatment and anhydrous application systems
• A demonstration of a cutting-edge precision fertilizer spreader wagon with multi-product
rate and placement capabilities
• Ag retailer insight on incentives to conserve crop nutrients
• The FS sprayer operator training simulator
Stop 3: LICA Demonstration Farm, Melbourne
The Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA) bought an 80-acre parcel near Melbourne in 2005 as "our own sandbox to play in," in the words of former Iowa LICA chair Tim Recker. Today, it is home to a wide variety of in-field, edge-of-field and below-ground practices. This portion of the tour will include more free time to wander the farm or compare notes with other participants. Contractors and engineers will serve as hosts at various sites around the farm, sharing insight into:
• The contractor's role in implementing conservation systems
• The construction and function of in-field and edge-of-field systems
• An introduction to Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy
• Water quality outcomes of constructed and agronomic conservation practices
Stop 4: Tesdell Century Farm, Slater
Since 1884, Lee Tesdell's family has been farming near Slater. Today, the 80-acre operation is a highly diversified farm that reflects the deep commitment of Tesdell and Cindy Cunningham to soil health, water quality and conservation. One of the most striking examples of that commitment is the farm's prairie strips, which Tesdell planted in cooperation with Iowa State University. He and the university's STRIPS research team use the 3-acre strip project as a demonstration of the power of diversity in building soils, habitat and a bright future for the farm.
From Lee and several other speakers, presentations will include:
• The land management philosophy and conservation systems on Tesdell Century Farm
• An introduction to Prairie STRIPS: Science-Based Trials of Row-cops Integrated with
• The latest research on the co-benefits of prairie strips to profitability, soil health, water
quality, and wildlife habitat
• Seeding Cover crops into corn