Kirkwood, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa discussed on The Big Show

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Not applicable to payback your transactions. Other fees may apply shop safe with paypal. Love thirty, six year on the big show clock. By one of the big show, we are celebrating clean water Wednesday also whistles Wednesday, and we'll be checking in with the whistles folks big thing whistles they sponsor our boots on the ground eyeballs out in the field is we're harvesting through this great state of Iowa. They're one of our sponsors for our harvest reports as well. So thanks to whistles being brought you by ag West Commodities Market, partner, more information at go egg west, DOT COM, go avs, west dot com. We've got to run going soybeans again today. Here's what's fueling that run more good news on exports had a sale. Come up one, hundred, thirty, five, thousand metric tons to unknown destination that usually translates into China however, it's unknown right now. But the good news is another sale to talk about also word out of South America that planting is slow there. In fact, a six year low with planting progress, and that is putting some pop into this US soybean and corn market. We'll talk more markets coming up right now though we need to check in with. Andy Peterson. Who has got his waiters on and he is about calf deep and clean water today right out here on the campus of Kirkwood Community College Number One AG program in the country name that couple of years ago my alma mater as well and clean water and I was starts here. It's a clean water. Wednesday today here's in Linn County with our friends at the soil health partnership practical farmers of Iowa in the national corn. Growers Association. Dustin Brooker is here with the soil health partnership and We're talking today dustin primarily about cover crops. You've done some extensive research and we continue to learn how useful they are in terms of cleaning up the water in the state and. yeah. The cover crop programs that we work with unfilled trials here in Iowa and across the Midwest Sixteen States we are looking to improve the water quality coming out of fields You know our cover crops, we try to increase organic matter, improve infiltration store water in the soil there especially in these these drought conditions like we've had this year in the in Iowa on the Upper Midwest making our firms more resilient to the extreme weather. Well, now, somebody may say, okay, drought that means less rain is falling. That means water quality should be less of a challenge, but we're seeing benefits to cover crops even in these drought situations. Right cover crops do a good job of holding the the moisture in place there during these weather conditions We have more time for the the cash cop to to all that water and put the good news. All right. Hand microphone over to Lisa. Cubic with the National Association, the Soil Health Partnership so we're here at Kirkwood daily. So what are we? What are you doing with Josh in the folks here? So here at Kirkwood we are in the fourth year of our trial on on the Kirkwood farm we have a strip trial that we're looking at a cover crop versus a no cover crop. So really trying to compare those two different systems of what's happening when we add a cover crop to field, what what kind of changes are we seeing in the soil and the crops and and just really overall on that farm and hand the microphone over to Josh Haynick Course. Good friend of the big show he's hosted us a few times before. big shot here league grandma's I guess on the Kirkwood. Farm and you guys are always trying to be on the cutting edge. You stay awake at night. That's what keeps you up trying to figure out how we can do better. In this case, it sounds like a water quality and you're making a big difference. Yeah L. here at Kirkwood always trying to pay attention to what are some of the hot button issues and topics in agriculture, and then trying to implement different practices that we can expose the next generation of agriculture to hear. Kirkwood. So, if we can get them out into trials and partner with the great folks. So health partnership and different people in the industry to help develop programs. Then expose students to you know it just reads more educated group of farmers as we move forward and gives them a lot to think about absolutely. So what what have you learned in these trials that you've engaged in? Well, it's been kind of interesting pulling the soil tests. You know look at the increases in organic matter and water holding capacity has really been an interesting thing. For us to look at from from the data standpoint what's been fun working with students out there seeing just the challenges involved with different practices planting into, you know no till and you know versus till ground cover crops and just all the different adjustments that you have to make furniture completely different system. So great talking points and create educational experience well, and that's that's another advantage here is not only are you doing the research and we're seeing the benefits water quality wise. But you're also teaching the next generation of farmers how to do this as well. Yeah, you know one big talking for always have is there's no one right way to farm but there's a lot of different things a farmer producer has to think about and so exposing students to all those different options, all the different things that decisions that they're going to have to make over their career. I think it's a great learning opportunity for them to see those here and interact with. Those ideas here at college, but also being in an urban area. Then there's a I would imagine it direct connection to our urban friends enabled the being able to see what those what those practices, how those practices benefit them in terms of what comes out of their tap. Absolutely as a community college, we are the Communities College and we have had you know you know students as. Well as people from you know the urban environment, you know city leaders You know different folks out here talking about water quality issues you know Cedar. Rapids has done Cedar. Rapids has done a lot of work with the middle Cedar River, project in terms of water quality, and those are great conversations that were able to have not only their students, but you know local leaders as well. Yeah and I actually talked to Mary Beth here yesterday and invited her out today We'll see if she's able to make it the coordinator for the city of Cedar Rapids, which is pretty cool with the initiatives that they're engaged in but I have to ask you a question a couple of years ago when Bob and I were here you let bob playing around with the combine simulate CA-. Still working properly after that, not all is it still working? We've added a sprayer simulator that. Also moves and Rockwood go forth too. So we have we have played around with that a little bit too. So we can get you on that as well. Okay well the the combine simulators survive Bob I. Guess. The sprayer simulator that'll be. Thanks Josh. Josh Nick with the Kirkwood Community College. We'll talk more here with him and with our friends and National Association and this Lille Health Partnership clean water and I was starts here. We all have a role to play, and here we're playing that role in Linn County today at Kirkwood Community College on the big show. I could be all over that simulator. Rain feeling because you know a lot of times. Had a drive in my feel. You know, I mean I I want to become one with the land. And? The feel that seat rocking at what show shall we say the Rolling Hills? Of Madison County you've got a lot of experience that right you bet where the we're the home of the four row corn planner because any more than that we get stuck in the side Hill. So Hey. Speaking of speaking of a of water quality and clean water the folks that can measure a lot of the practices and tell us how they're doing and what we're producing out. There is the Iowa Soybean Association they bring you Andy's. Three big things we need to know and they're supported by the soybean checkoff. Understanding the differences in the numbers from USDA, each calculation is slightly different from the three agencies calculating.

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