Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa Co-host Sept. 30 Field Day



AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor a cover crops “open house” field day with Lyon and Sioux Counties Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist Joel DeJong and farmer Floyd Jansma on Friday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The field day includes a complimentary lunch. The event is free and the public is invited to come and go as schedules allow. 

Practical Farmers of Iowa cover crop expert Sarah Carlson will be at the open house along with DeJong and Jansma. Attendees can attend the open house for answers to questions about yield response of corn and soybeans following fall-seeded winter rye and other cereal grain cover crops, nitrogen fertilizer needs of corn planted after fall-seeded winter rye, and soil quality improvements related to cover crop use. Natural Resource Conservation Service district conservationists Keith Edwards and Greg Marek will be on hand to talk about cost-share programs for cover crops as well. The field at the open house site was broadcast seeded with winter rye on Sept. 13.

The field day site is located on the Sioux/Lyon County line road (270th Street); 12 miles south of the intersection of Highways 9 and 75 in Rock Rapids, and then one mile west; or five miles north of the Highway 75 and 18 interchange, west of Hull and then west one mile. For questions about the event, contact Lyon County NRCS District Conservationist Keith Edwards at 712-472-4021 or Sioux County NRCS District Conservationist Greg Marek at 712-737-2253.
 
Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Learning Farms have formed a cover crop management working group with 10 farmer cooperators across the state, demonstrating corn and soybean yield response to fall-seeded cereal grain cover crops fall-seeded before or after combine harvest of the previous crop.
 
Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) is 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. Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources and USEPA (section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms visit: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.

Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call 515.232.5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.  

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Contact: Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa, 515-232-5661