Iowa Learning Farms Hosts Cover Crop Field Day Near Weldon

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Arlyn Kauffman farm near Weldon, Iowa, on Thursday, Aug. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. The field day will focus on cover crop management and conservation farming practices for southwestern Iowa soils.

he event includes a farm tour and discussion time with David Otte, cover crop expert from Kahoka, Mo. Otte will talk about managing cover crops and conduct a question and answer session. Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and local Natural Resources Conservation Service staff Lori Schwalbe will review cost-share opportunities for cover crop usage.

Attendees are asked to meet at the field located at 25705 120th St., Weldon, to begin the farm tour. From Weldon, take R48 (250th Avenue) south out of town two miles to 120th Street. Turn left (east) and travel .75 mile to the field site.

The field day includes a complimentary evening meal immediately after the farm tour. The meal will be at the Kauffman structures, 25186 Popcorn Road (J22), located one mile south of the field site. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are sponsors for the field day.

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. Farmers work with Iowa State University Extension researchers and ILF team members to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.