AMES - The Iowa Learning Farms' August webinar, to be held Wednesday at noon, will feature Rick Cruse, who will discuss the report "Losing Ground."
Cruse is a professor of agronomy at Iowa State University and director of the Iowa Water Center.
The webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month through Adobe Connect.
All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.
The "Losing Ground" report is based on research by Iowa State University scientists and the Environmental Working Group.
The report shows that Iowa farms are losing topsoil up to 12 times faster than government estimates.
But, aerial surveys conducted by EWG, indicate that soil erosion and runoff are worse than the research numbers suggest. Many fields are scarred by gullies that channel soil and chemicals into streams, which is not accounted for in ISU's erosion estimates.
Cruse is one of the ISU scientists who aided in the report, working with the Iowa Daily Erosion Project.
His research focus is on soil management and soil erosion processes.
To connect to the webinars, go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.
Cruse will answer questions from webinar attendees via the Adobe Connect chat box.
The ILF website homepage contains links for archived webinars from previous months ate: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.
ILF's September webinar will feature Drake University's Agricultural Law Center's Edward Cox presenting information on the land tenure project with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.