Practical Farmers of Iowa is helping our ILF team to showcase farmers’ experiences with cover crops this spring at eight field days across Iowa. In addition, County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners and Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association are helping to sponsor individual field days in their area that focus on the use and management of cover crops.
A record 100,000 acres of cover crops were planted in Iowa in 2012. This increasingly popular conservation practice protects soil from wind and water erosion and captures nitrogen that can otherwise leach from the soil and pollute nearby waterways.
Iowa Cover Crop Field Day Schedule
All field days are free, open to the public and include lunch.
*Friday, March 15, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Northwest Iowa No-Till Conference, Moville Area Community Center, 815 Main St., Moville
*Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dustin Kaestner Farm, 7381 16th Ave., Luzerne
*Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Buzzy’s Pizza, 414 Main St.,Welton, with field tour at Neal Engle farm (25439 Highway 64, Maquoketa)
*Friday, March 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Black Hawk Marsh State Game Management Area, 3575 Quincy Ave., field tour at Russ Schelle farm (10326 Granite Ave., Breda) lunch at the Breda park shelter
*Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mike Sporrer Farm, Dedham, Carroll Co.
*Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kent Swanson Farm, 2670 K Ave., Red Oak
*Monday, April 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dordt College Research Farm, 3598 U.S. Highway 75, Sioux Center
*Thursday, April 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Johnson’s Restaurant, 916 1/2 High St NE, Elkader, field tour at Gary Kregel Farm
*Wednesday, May 22, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Dan Specht Farm, 12794 Pleasant Ridge Road, Monona
Each cover crop field day will include discussions and presentations including area-specific topics such as: no-tillage/strip-tillage systems, rotational grazing or grazing cover crops for livestock feed, soil and nutrient management benefits of cover crops and spring management for cover crops. For more information, contact Aaron at 515-294-4922.