Iowa Learning Farms hosts field day near Postville

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Don Elsbernd farm near Postville, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health and erosion reduction as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Lunch will follow upon return to the farm from visiting cover crop locations.
 
The field day begins at the Elsbernd farmstead and attendees will then carpool to three nearby sites of cover crops. Upon return to the farm, Jacob Groth with Allamakee County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will talk about the county’s aerial seeding program, financial assistance available from NRCS and state funds, and general cover crop observations from fields in the northeast Iowa area.
 
The Don Elsbernd farm is located at 809 Pole Line Road, Postville, Iowa. From Postville, go north on Highway 51, approximately five miles to County Road W4B. Travel northwest on W4B about one mile to the first gravel road, which will be Pole Line Road. Take this north about 1.5 miles. The farmstead will be on the east side of the road.
 
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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