Building Water Resilience in the Maize Belt is the subject of the webinar

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinar taking place November 9 at noon CST will feature John McMaine, William Mibra Griffith and Byrne S. Griffith Professor of Agriculture and Water Resources, University of State of South Dakota. McMaine is passionate about solving water and weather issues through his extension and research work in South Dakota. He regularly works with individuals and organizations from all sectors of agriculture and the environment to address challenges and assist in decision-making in water management.

Iowa Learning Farms is a conservation and water quality education program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

In the webinar, “Building South Dakota’s Roadmap to Water Resilience,” McMaine will draw on studies of water quality, water management, and soil health in South Dakota that are also relevant to growers in other corn belt states. It will highlight the challenges related to climate and landscape changes. McMaine will also present current research from South Dakota regarding soil health and conservation drainage and how to build resilience in agricultural systems.

“As South Dakota continues to see climate and landscape changes and the Corn Belt pushes further west and north, imperatives for improved water management on the ground have implications for both for the farmer and the downstream users from a water quality and quantity perspective,” says Mc Maine. “We cannot control the weather, so it is essential that we take effective measures through structural and management practices to ensure that we get the most out of the water we have to work with.”

Participants are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all walks of life and all areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Webinar Access Instructions

To join the live webinar shortly before noon CST on November 9:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the Learning Farms website, so it can be viewed at any time.

A Continuing Education Unit approved by the Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors has been requested. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information on how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the webinar.

Upcoming webinars in the series

  • November 16: Sarah Noggle, Ohio State University.
  • November 23: Jacqueline Comito, Iowa Learning Farms.
  • November 30: Lauren Salvato, Upper Mississippi Basin Association.
  • December 7: Wendong Zhang, Cornell University.

Shareable photo: John McMaine and his team of researchers from South Dakota State University.

Jessica C. Bell