Recently the Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District held its annual Conservation Tour. The group made several stop around Cherokee County, they are pictured during their last stop at The Grainery Lodge were they grilled out for the evening.
The Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) held its annual Conservation Tour on Tuesday evening, July 10.
About 35 people participated in the tour this year, which began at the Cherokee USDA Service Center at 4:30 p.m.
After introductions the group headed to Mark Radke's farm in Pitcher 35 to learn about No-Till/Strip Till and Riparian Buffers.
No-till & strip-till -
Mark Radke talking about his no-till & strip-till during the recent Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District Conservation Tour. Photo contributed
Mark has previously been recognized by Pheasants Forever and other organizations for his conservation efforts. He shared with the group many of the things he has learned through his years of no-tilling and strip-tilling. The next stop was at the Aurelia Wetland Walking Path where Denny Allen and Cherokee County naturalist Laura Kohn were the presenters.
Denny explained the work that went in to building the path and its structures, while Laura talked about the wetland function and some of the unique species that are present. From there, participants headed to Duane and Lucille Kent's award winning shelterbelt in Afton 25.
In 2011 the Kent's received the Field Shelterbelt Award in the Izaak Walton League Windbreak Awards program for Iowa. Duane explained the importance of researching soil requirements and characteristics of the different species as well as diversifying as much as you can in case one of the species develops a disease.
The next stop was at the Anderson Family's pasture in Afton 30 where Nathan Anderson talked about how rotational grazing has helped increase animal performance in his cattle.
Aurelia's Wetlands Walking Path was one of the many stops on this year's Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District annual Conservation Tour. Photo contributed
He also showed us the pasture he has been able to reclaim through cedar tree removal. The last stop was at Duane Mummert's The Grainery in Afton 7. Duane shared some of the history of The Grainery as well as the conservation work he has done on the surrounding land.
It turned out to be a beautiful evening. At The Grainery everyone enjoyed grilled turkey fillets and side dishes courtesy of the Cherokee SWCD.
The Cherokee SWCD commissioners and staff would like to thank all of the landowners, presenters and participants for making our conservation tour a success.
Wetlands gazebo -
left to right, Jacob Bossman from Senator Grassley's office, State Senator Bill Anderson, and Aurelian Denny Allen at the Aurelia Wetlands gazebo during the Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District's Conservation Tour held recently. Photo contributed