Field day near Holland focuses on grazing cover crops

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Fred Abels’ farm near Holland, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 12-3 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
 
Speakers include host Fred Abels, who is incorporating cover crops on his farm for cattle grazing as well as soil health. Practical Farmers of Iowa livestock coordinator Margaret Dunn and Abels will answer questions regarding grazing livestock on cover crops and broader ways to incorporate livestock and cover crops together. Kathy Kucera, crop insurance agent with Mid-Iowa Cooperative, will talk about the new USDA-RMA guidelines. Weather permitting, Abels will guide a tour of the cover crop grazing areas on his farm.
 
Guests may arrive at Noon for a free chili lunch prior to the field day program beginning at 1 p.m. The Fred Abels farm is located at 20902 J Ave, Holland, Iowa. From Holland, go two miles west on D-35 and a half-mile south on J Ave.
 
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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