FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Due to intense drought conditions, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Rebecca Vittetoe has modified the agenda of the Aug. 31 cover crop field day to address the current dry conditions.
The field day will have more of a workshop setting and will focus on considerations for seeding cover crops in dry conditions. Topics to be discussed including adjusting seeding methods and the effect potential herbicide carryover may have on establishing a cover crop.
The workshop will be held at the Jefferson County Activities Building located at 2606 West Burlington Ave., Fairfield. A complimentary meal will be provided by Iowa Learning Farms and prepared by the Jefferson County Cattlemen.
Local farmer John Peck will share his experiences with cover crops. Peck has cover crops on his farm with the main goal of reducing soil erosion. Peck started looking at different seeding methods such as aerial seeding and interseeding to help him get cover crops established sooner on his farm; however, due to the dry conditions he’s had to modify his plans this year. He will be sharing what he has learned along the way with trying to integrate cover crops into his farming operation.
Other speakers at the workshop include, Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms Field Research Coordinator, who will share research results from Iowa Learning Farms' cover crop seeding techniques project. Lanessa Baker, Cedar Creek Watershed Coordinator ,and Lower Skunk River Watershed Coordinator Miranda Haes will share information about local cost share opportunities available for farmers interested in trying cover crops on their farms. Vittetoe will lead the discussion on considerations for seeding cover crops in dry conditions.
The workshop is being put on by ISU Extension and Outreach, in partnership with Iowa Learning Farms, Cedar Creek Watershed, Lower Skunk Watershed and Jefferson County Farm Bureau.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Aug. 28 to help with the meal count. For more information or to RSVP contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at 641-472-4166 or Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.