Nick Fetty | March 14, 2016
This week’s On The Radio segment looks at an Iowa State University agriculture research site which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Transcript: Iowa State University research site celebrates 25 years
An innovative agricultural drainage research facility near Gilmore City just celebrated 25 years of operation.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Researchers from around the state recently celebrated the anniversary of the opening of the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Research and Demonstration Site. Researchers use the experimental plot of land outside Gilmore City to analyze different nutrient techniques, which has allowed them to show the concrete benefits of practices like buffer strips, cover crops, and limited till on Iowa water quality. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was at the celebration and talked about the importance of the research site in an Extension video:
NORTHEY: “That farm has been critical, it’s taught us some things, and now it’s been replicated at other farms around Iowa and other states as well are looking at replicating the things that were first started at the Gilmore research farm”
What makes the site most significant is its longevity, according to Iowa State Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, John Lawrence:
LAWRENCE: “It’s an example of the long-term type of research that it takes to study things like the impact of agriculture on water quality. It takes studies like this that have been in place for 25 years and counting to be able to answer some of the important questions facing agriculture.”
For more information about the Gilmore City research site, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.