Practical Farmers of Iowa has planned a series of spring field days focused on cover crop issues in grazing and row crop systems. Farmers and community members are invited to see cover crops in action on a farm, and learn about cover crop basics as well as practices used to maximize the financial return from cover crops.
All field days in the series run from noon to 3 p.m., and are free and open to everyone. Each field day starts with a complimentary lunch. RSVPs are requested for the meal. Please contact Alisha Bower at (515) 232-5661 or email@example.com.
The series is called “Cover Crop Caravan” because many events include stops at multiple farms and locations. Specific details about each field day will be announced closer to the date. Host details and locations – along with a map of events – are also available at practicalfarmers.org. Events in the series include:
March 28 – “Grazing Cover Crops” – Albion
Hosted by: Wade Dooley, with guest speaker Allen Williams
March 29 – “Cover Crops for Corn and Soybeans” – Reinbeck
Hosted by Jack Boyer
March 30 – “Grazing Cover Crops” – Maxwell
Hosted by Bruce Carney, with guest speaker Allen Williams
April 4 – “Cover Crops for Corn and Soybeans” – Hancock
Hosted by Russ Brandes
April 6 – “Cover Crops for Corn and Soybeans” – Leighton and Pella
Hosted by Ward Van Dyke
April 11 – “Grazing Cover Crops” – Lake City
Hosted by Mark Schleisman
May 30– “Grazing Cover Crops” – Sioux Center
Hosted by Matt Schuiteman
The field days on March 29, April 4 and April 6 will explore the fundamentals of working with cover crops. Guests will learn about planting methods, spring management tactics, and soil and water health benefits of cover crops. The host farmers will also expand on intermediate management topics, such as scouting cover crops, spring management for growing cover crop seed and management for rye going into corn.
The other events will showcase the value of integrating cover crops and livestock. Attendees will see cattle grazing cover crop fields, and learn about grazing management, nutrition from cover crop forage, contract grazing agreements and managing herbicide residues for grazing.
Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 spring cover crop field days are supported by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Iowa State University Extension; Land Stewardship Project; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota; The Pasture Project; and Unilever.