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Arkansas Soil & Water Virtual Field Trip Series

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), has provided funding for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, to integrate the efforts of the Arkansas Discovery Farms and the Arkansas Soil Health Alliance. Our goal is to educate a statewide network of participants through a series of no-cost virtual research-based, interactive demonstrations and educational experiences. 

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This series of Soil & Water Conservation Virtual Field Trips (VFTs), focuses on the conservation benefits our researchers have developed with respect to water quality, irrigation water use, climate change, soil health, profitability and sustainability through their partnership with farmers on selected farms including some farmers involved in the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program. 

Free Lesson Guides for Teachers

Free to high school science teachers, 7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guides that meet the Arkansas Department of Education's Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) framework are created and made available for this series.

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Join Us for Our Next Virtual Field Trip! 

Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation: Soil Health

 Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 10 AM CDT


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Upcoming Virtual Field Trip

  • November 17, 2020 - An Introduction to Agricultural Sustainability

Improve Water Quality & Reduce Water Use

with Surge Irrigation

On September 10, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This VFT highlights the Wood's soybean and rice farm in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, you will learn how the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program is helping improve water quality and help reduce water use by using computerized irrigation management, soil moisture sensors, and surge valve irrigation.


Improving Soils and Profitability Through Collaboration

On August 19, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This VFT highlights how the collaboration of these three organizations who share a common goal of helping our farmers: 

  • the Natural Resource Conservation Service,
  • the Arkansas Conservation Districts, and
  • the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

They work together to create soil health on-farm demonstrations that teach farmers research-based conservation methods that can help farmers to be more profitable while taking care of the natural resources we all share. 


Protecting Water Resources Through Conservation on a

Poultry-Beef Grazing Farm

On June 23, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip explores how the Arkansas Discovery Farm Program is helping farmers document how their conservation measures protect local water resources, while maintain profitability. Come join us at the Jeff and Marsha Marley poultry and beef farm and the Beaver Water District in northwest Arkansas. 


Exploring Winter Cover Crops for

No-till Watermelon Production

On May 15, 2020, our one-hour field trip focuses research being conducted on no-till watermelon production in Arkansas. Come join us at the University of Arkansas Vegetable Research station in Kibler, where we explain the best practices for incorporating cover crops into no-till watermelon production, what cover crop mixes work best and how to plan for weed, disease and insect pest management. 


Farm Surface Water Irrigation Aquifer Issues

On March 19, 2020, our one-hour field trip focuses on Critical Groundwater Areas, and features the Dabbs Discovery Farm near Stuttgart and the Marion Berry Pump Station (Bayou Meto).

  • The Dabbs - Lori, Terry and Trent, Arkansas Discovery Farm members, will speak about water conservation practices on their farm in the Grand Prairie critical groundwater region.
  • Ed Swaim, Executive Director at Bayou Meto Water Management District, will talk about the Bayou Meto Project and using our rivers to reduce groundwater overdraft.


Introduction to the Arkansas Discovery Farm Program

On August 21, 2019, two free live interactive virtual field trips were held, each one hour in length.

The first field trip defines and explains the benefits of the AR Discovery Farm Program. 

Discovery Farms Making a Difference

The second virtual field trip covers the water quality and soil health practices used on these farms to enhance profitability and sustainability. 


Irrigation Technology and Scheduling Practices

 On July 3, 2019, a one hour, free live interactive virtual field trip was held. This field
trip discusses various technological advancements that are being used today in
agricultural fields across the state to increase irrigation efficiency and maintain sustainability. Watch our broadcast below.

Improve Water Quality & Reduce Water Use with Surge Irrigation, 7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guide

On September 10, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This VFT highlights the Wood's soybean and rice farm in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, you will learn how the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program is helping improve water quality and help reduce water use by using computerized irrigation management, soil moisture sensors, and surge valve irrigation.

September 10, 2020 - Lesson Guide


Improving Soils and Profitability Through Collaboration

7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guide

On August 19, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This VFT highlights how the collaboration of these three organizations who share a common goal of helping our farmers: 

  • the Natural Resource Conservation Service,
  • the Arkansas Conservation Districts, and
  • the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

They work together to create soil health on-farm demonstrations that teach farmers research-based conservation methods that can help farmers to be more profitable while taking care of the natural resources we all share. 

August 19, 2020 - Lesson Guide


 Water Resource Conservation on a Poultry-Beef Grazing Farm, 7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guide


On June 23, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip explores how the Arkansas Discovery Farm Program is helping farmers document how their conservation measures protect local water resources, while maintain profitability. Come join us at the Jeff and Marsha Marley poultry and beef farm and the Beaver Water District in northwest Arkansas. 

  • You will learn why the Marley’s decided to be a part of this exciting program, how it has benefited them, and how they installed grassed waterways, aerated pastures, and used farm ponds that all reduce nutrient runoff, as well as seeing first-hand how the Discovery Farm Program used state-of-the science equipment to collect water samples for analysis. 
  • James McCarty, Environmental Quality Manager with the Beaver Water District, will describe how Jeff and Marsha Marley’s farm conservation efforts are helping the Beaver Water District maintain safe, affordable drinking water for the region.

June 23, 2020 - Lesson Guide


Exploring Winter Cover Crops for No-till Watermelon Production, 7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guide

On May 15, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip explores research being conducted on no-till watermelon production in Arkansas. Come join us at the University of Arkansas Vegetable Research station in Kibler, where we explain the best practices for incorporating cover crops into no-till watermelon production, what cover crop mixes work best and how to plan for weed, disease and insect pest management. 

May 15, 2020 - Lesson Guide


Farm Surface Water Irrigation Aquifer Issues,

7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guide

On March 19, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip discusses Critical Groundwater Areas, and features the Dabbs Discovery Farm near Stuttgart and the Marion Berry Pump Station (Bayou Meto).

  • The Dabbs - Lori, Terry and Trent, Arkansas Discovery Farm members, speak about water conservation practices on their farm in the Grand Prairie critical groundwater region.
  • Ed Swaim, Executive Director at Bayou Meto Water Management District, talks about the Bayou Meto Project and using our rivers to reduce groundwater overdraft.

March 19, 2020 - Lesson Guide


Discovery Farms Making a Difference,

7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guide

On August 21, 2019, two free live interactive virtual field trips were held, each one hour in length.

  • The first field trip defines and explains the benefits of the AR Discovery Farm Program.
  • The second virtual field trip covers the water quality and soil health practices used on these farms to enhance profitability and sustainability.

August 21, 2019 - Lesson Guide


Irrigation Technology and Scheduling Practices,

7E and GRC-3D Lesson Guide

On July 3, 2019, a one hour, free live interactive virtual field trip was held. This field trip discusses various technological advancements that are being used today in agricultural fields across the state to increase irrigation efficiency and maintain sustainability.

July 3, 2019 - Lesson Guide

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