AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Middle Cedar Watershed Project, will host a cover crop and soil conservation field day on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The 12-2 p.m. field day will be held at the Jim Lindaman farm, rural Aplington. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.
Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Commissioner Jim Lindaman leads by example on his family’s Century Farm by implementing cover crops, no-tillage, grassed waterways and buffer strips. Lindaman started no-tilling in the early 1990s when he introduced soybeans to his crop rotation as a way to keep the soil in the field. He has continued to use the practice because of the time and energy savings. In 2013, Lindaman added cover crops to his operation. Before harvest, he aerially seeds his acres with oats and radishes. He has observed reduced soil erosion even in his no-tillage system, especially on the hills, and trusts that the cover crops are working to improve the health of his soil.
Also speaking at the field day is Rick Juchems, Butler County farmer and SWCD Commissioner. He will share his experiences with drilling soybeans into standing cereal rye and the challenges he has overcome to successfully add cover crops to his operation. Greg Brenneman, extension agricultural engineering specialist with Iowa State University will discuss the importance of soil conservation as well as highlight practices that can keep the soil in place and encourage soil health. Adam Rodenberg, Middle Cedar Watershed Project coordinator, will provide an overview of the project and share ways to get involved.
The field day site is located at 16969 310th St, Aplington, Iowa. From Hwy 57 in Aplington, head north on County Road T25/Hickory Avenue for 1.1 miles. Turn left to go west on 310 Street for 0.1 of the mile. The farm is located on the north side of the road.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email email@example.com.