Cover Crops and Corn Production Field Day Aug. 30 near Boone

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, rural Boone, will hold a cover crop and corn production field day Aug. 30. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to noon and includes a lunch following the program. The public is invited to attend.

John Lawrence, director of Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach, will present information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop research coordinator, will discuss establishing cover crops and selecting appropriate plants.

Bob Hartzler, Iowa State agronomy professor and extension weed specialist, will present information on the effects of residual herbicide on cover crop establishment. Mark Licht, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will offer tips about cover crop management in a corn-soybean rotation.

Erin Hodgson, entomologist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will share information about corn rootworm resistance and resistance management. Roger Elmore, extension corn agronomist, will update attendees on the state’s corn production status.

Following lunch, the ISU BioCentury Research Farm will offer tours of the facility and Iowa Learning Farms will demonstrate the Conservation Station. Its rainfall simulator shows the effects of rainfall on several different surfaces, including intense tillage, perennial vegetation and permeable pavers for streets and driveways.

The field day is at the ISU Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, 1308 U Ave., Boone, at the intersection of Highway 30 and U Avenue between Boone and Ames. Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa, ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosts of the field day.