Iowa Learning Farms Cover Crop Workshop at Dordt College

AMES, IOWA—Iowa Learning Farms will host a workshop, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dordt College Agricultural Stewardship Center, near Sioux Center. The workshop will focus on cover crops for erosion control, grazing and soil health.

The workshop includes a presentation by Matt Helmers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach agriculture and biosystems engineer. He will discuss cover crops and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Cherokee County farmer Nathan Anderson will share his experiences using cover crops for soil health and grazing. Evan Wielenga, Blake Groneweg and Cam Gradert will discuss cover crop seed purchasing, application and establishment. Greg Marek, Sioux County NRCS district conservationist, will provide information on cost-share opportunities; and Dordt College students Michael Gallagher and Parker Merritt will talk about their research.

The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch. The public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is recommended. To register for this event, please call a county NRCS office: Lyon, 712-472-4021 ext 3; Sioux, 712-737-2253 ext. 3; or Plymouth, 712-546-8858 ext. 3.

The workshop will be at the Dordt College Agricultural Stewardship Center (ASC), 3101 370th Street, Sioux Center. The center is approximately two miles north of Sioux Center, located at the intersection of Highway 75 and County Road B-30 (370th St.).

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping our state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.