Cover Crop Coffee Shop Talk

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Cover Crop Coffee Shop Talk
Interest in Cover crops has increased among producers over past years.  For some, it’s just an “old fashioned” practice viewed in a new light; for others it’s a way to provide extra livestock forage and yet others use it as a measure of extra erosion control.   Cover crops themselves are only part of a larger system to improve Soil Health-by feeding the biology living in the soil, increasing carbon matter and improving soil structure.
Soil Health is so much more than just livestock feed or erosion control.  The list of benefits is a long one including:
·         Increased soil productivity
·         Reduction of production costs
·         Protection of other natural resources
·         Resilience to drought & extreme weather events.
·         A tool in our war against herbicide resistant weeds…AND SO MUCH MORE!
While that all sounds good, it’s not always that easy.  It’s not a one size fits all program- It requires a change in management & mindset.  That’s why the NRCS is sponsoring a Cover Crop Coffee Shop talk to provide an informal venue for farmers to talk about what it takes to successfully implement the practice.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at the ISU Extension office from 9 am to 11 am.  There is NO cost to attend & we’ll bring the coffee & donuts. 
Everyone is invited to attend.  Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or first-time user, a No Till or Mulch-Till producer, got cows or not, have erosion issues or farm bottom ground, operators & landowners alike…and bring a friend.  We’ll have a producer panel on hand to discuss what has worked for them, the results they’re seeing and answer your questions about getting started with cover crops.
Mike Witt, ISU Field Agronomist will be on hand to discuss Iowa State’s research on utilizing cover crops & improving soil health.
The NRCS staff will be available to answer questions as well, provide information on cost assistance programs and work with you to develop a soil health plan for your farm.
Contact Lynna Miller at the Crawford County NRCS office for more information  (712) 263-4123 ext. #3 but plan to attend the Coffee Shop Talk on March 19th.
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Sincere thanks to the local Farm Bureau, Crawford County ISU Extension and the Crawford County Soil & Water Conservation District for their cooperation and funding to make this program available.  Let them know you appreciate their efforts.
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