Iowa Learning Farms hosts field day at Southeastern Community College

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Southeastern Community College, West Burlington. The field day will focus on cover crops for erosion control and soil health.
 
Cover crops are becoming more common on Iowa fields. They protect soil from wind and water erosion as well as capturing nitrogen that could otherwise leach from the soil and enter waterways. The field day includes presentations by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil scientist Jason Steele and area farmers Tim Knutson and Jim Pilling who will share experiences in growing cover crops. District conservationist Drew DeLang will provide an update on the Lake Geode Watershed project. Field day attendees will visit the SCC cover crop plots that are using seed donated by Green Valley Seeds.
 
The event is free and includes a complimentary evening meal prepared by the Des Moines County Cattlemen. The field day will be at the Agri-Stock Arena at Southeastern Community College, 1500 West Agency Road, West Burlington.
 
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 about ILF visit the website: 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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