Iowa Learning Farms August webinar features cover crops with vegetable production

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.
 
This month’s presenter is Ajay Nair with Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Horticulture. He will discuss the use of cover crops in conjunction with vegetable production. Using cover crops in commercial crop production, whether it is row crops such as corn and soybeans or vegetables, or even vegetable gardens, creates healthy and productive soil, supplying nutrients for plant growth and building soil organic matter. Nair’s presentation will provide information on some traditional and non-traditional cover crops that can be successfully integrated into vegetable cropping systems.
 
Dr. Ajay Nair is an assistant professor, working in the area of sustainable vegetable production in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. The focus of his research, extension, and education program is on cover cropping, nutrient management, soil amendments and health, and season extension strategies in vegetable production. He also has an interest in local food production and works on production aspects and techniques needed to meet the rising demand locally grown produce.
 
To connect to the webinar, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 11:30 a.m.on the morning of the webinar and log on using the “guest” option.
 
ILF has hosted a monthly webinar since January 2011. The ILF website has links for archived webinars from all previous sessions: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.  There are 40 webinars available to view on a variety of topics including soil erosion, cover crops and farmer perspectives. These can be viewed at any time.  The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
 
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are 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), Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.
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