Cover crops field day to be held Oct. 31 near Winterset

Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will co-host a field day at the Mike Henning farm near Winterset, Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch. The public is invited to attend.

The field day will focus on cover crop implementation on corn and soybean acres. Farmers and landowners are learning more about the short- and long-term benefits of adding cover crops on their farm. Cover crops have potential to reduce soil erosion, increase soil organic matter levels, improve soil structure, protect water quality by capturing and holding fertilizer nutrients, and restrict growth of winter annual weeds in no-till crop management systems.

Field day hosts Mike Henning will share his experience in establishing cover crops. Tom Kaspar with National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment will offer tips and cautions in adding cover crops to corn and soybean rotations. Attendees will then travel to the Madison County ISU Extension and Outreach office in Winterset where ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Aaron Saeugling will offer drought considerations for next year’s crops and lunch will be served.

The Henning farm field day site is located at the northwest corner of 152nd Street and Highway 169, approximately six miles north of Winterset or about eight miles south of I-80. The Madison County ISU Extension and Outreach office is at 117 N. 1st Street, Winterset.

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.

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. For more information, visit the ILF website: 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 the 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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