Cover Crops Workshop Is March 10 in Spencer

AMES, IOWA—Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-host a workshop focusing on cover crops at the Clay County Regional Events Center, Spencer, on Thursday, March 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with a free lunch following the workshop.  The workshop is free and the public is invited to attend.

The workshop offers information on several aspects of cover crops including corn and soybean yield response following fall-seeded rye and other cereal grains, fall seeding and spring-kill or grazing timing, planter set-up tips for planting into a cover crop, soil quality improvement with cover crop usage, and the variety of cover crops that can be used.

Speakers include Tom Kaspar, cover crop management researcher with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems engineer Mark Hanna and ISU agronomy professor John Sawyer. Local NRCS personnel will provide information about cost-share programs for cover crop usage.   Farmers who have tried fall-seeded cereal rye or other cover crops on their farms are encouraged to attend and share their experiences with other attendees.

The workshop will be held at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer, located on West 18th Street at the Clay County Fairgrounds.  There is no charge to attend the workshop, but an RSVP is requested in order to obtain an accurate lunch count.  Please phone the ISU Extension office in Clay County at 712-262-2264 to register for the workshop.

The Iowa Learning Farms are building a culture of conservation, encouraging adoption of residue management and conservation practices.  Farmers, researchers and ILF staff are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.