PRACTICAL TIPS FOR COVER CROP SUCCESS

Cover crops for grain and livestock producers’ seminar will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in Emerson.  The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by ISU Extension & Outreach, Fremont, Mills and Montgomery Counties.
 
Cover crops are growing in popularity in Iowa. As part of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation can help reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads, increase soil organic matter, and reduce soil erosion. These crops, used in combination with other best management practices, will reduce point and nonpoint source pollution in Iowa waters and downstream.
 
Speakers for the September 4thevent include Aaron Saeugling, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist; Shawn Shouse, Iowa State University Extension Ag Engineer; Steve McGrew, local producer with cover crop experience; Jon Bakehouse, Henderson farmer and livestock producer; and, NRCS district conservationist. Topics include: using cover crops after corn and soybean harvest, types of cover crops, best management practices to establish cover crops, impact of cover crops on the Nutrient Reduction strategy, potential livestock feed value of grazed or harvested cover crops and cost-share opportunities.
 
The workshop will be held at the Emerson Community building located at 711 Morton Avenue.  Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program from 9-11. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged, but not required, by calling your local ISU Extension and Outreach office at 712-374-2351 (Fremont); 712-624-8616 (Mills); or 712-623-2592 (Montgomery).

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