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Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Rick Juchems’ farm near Plainfield, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health as part of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
The field day includes discussion with host Rick Juchems and Floyd County farmer Jon Gisleson, who are both using cover crops on their acres. They will share their experiences and discuss how cover crops work as a part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Iowa State University (ISU) Agronomy Professor Rick Cruse will review cover crops and their impact on reducing soil erosion. After a complimentary lunch, ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Terry Basol will be on-hand to answer questions about preventative planting and guide interested folks to a nearby site that has a cover crop mix of oats, tillage radish and hairy vetch.
The Rick Juchems farm is located at 33635 110th St, Plainfield, Iowa. From Plainfield, go three miles north on IA-27/US-218 N/Badger Avenue. Take a left on 110th St/C13 and travel 0.7 miles. The farm is the first homestead on the north side of the road. Parking is available on the west side of the house and the field day will be held in the heated shop.
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.
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. For more information, go to: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.
Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.
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