Cover Crops field day on Nov. 14 in Stanton

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 12-3 p.m. in Stanton. The event will focus on cover crops for livestock use and soil health as part of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
 
The field day begins at the Fire Station community room, located at 205 Broad Avenue in Stanton, for a noon meal. The program will begin at 12:45 p.m. After lunch, attendees will carpool to several locations with cover crops, including two sites screening 18 cover crops species. The tour will also make brief stops at a drilled cover crop site and an aerially seeded cover crop field. After returning to the Fire Station, local farmer Mark Peterson will share his experiences using cover crops for soil health, erosion reduction, and as a third crop. Colten Catterton, staff member with Green Cover Seed, will share information about cover crop forages and mixture choices for livestock use. Also Practical Farmers of Iowa Livestock Coordinator Margaret Dunn will have new cover crop and livestock handouts available.
 
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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