Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Hagie Manufacturing and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop field day on Wednesday, April 13, from 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha. The event is free, open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal.
Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to the many benefits they provide. Such benefits include reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter, and reduced soil erosion. Choosing which seeding method to implement can have a significant impact on achieving these benefits and farmer’s goals.
To help producers evaluate different seeding techniques available, three demonstration sites were established in north central Iowa to assess the establishment of single species cover crops and mixtures using three seeding methods: above canopy and below canopy into standing cash crop and post-harvest drilling. This field day offers an opportunity to visit the site established at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm and hear from the project partners:
Tim Smith cover crop farmer and demonstration site near Eagle Grove
Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers of Iowa research scientist
Rachel Halbach, Hagie Manufacturing and demonstration site near Clarion
The field day will start at the Kanawha demonstration site located on the south side of 5th St. (B63) Kanawha, IA 50447. From Main St. Kanawha, turn west on W 5th St. (B63) for 1/2 mile. Field day location will be on south side of the road. Following the program, a complimentary meal prepared by Big Brad’s BBQ will be served at the Northern Research and Demonstration Farm main building 1040 James Ave., Kanawha, Iowa. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa.