Cover crops will be one of the topics featured at the fall field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Research Farm near Crawfordsville at 1:30 p.m. on September 12. Many farmers are starting to consider using fall seeded cover crops in their crop rotations to improve soil quality and reduce soil erosion, according to Jim Fawcett, ISU Extension Field Agronomist. Sarah Carlson, a cover crop specialist with Practical Farmers of Iowa will present "Are Cover Crops for You?” at one of the stops on the field day tour.
Other topics on the tour will be “Bioenergy Crop Research” by Greg Brenneman, ISU Extension Ag Engineer, “How to Slow the Spread of Pesticide Resistance” by Mike Owen, ISU Extension Weed Specialist, and “Dry Corn in the Field or in the Dryer?” by Jim Jensen, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist.
All Field days are open to the public. Certified crop advisors can obtain credits for a fee. The farm is located 1 ¾ miles south of Crawfordsville on Hwy 218, then 2 miles east on County Road G-62, then ¾ mile north. Watch for ISU field day signs on Hwy 218.