Field day details for March 19, 21, and 22

cover_crop_closeupWe have a lot of cover crop field days coming up. The snow covering the ground will be gone–hopefully. Because we want you to see the cover crops in the fields doing their jobs of keeping the soil in place, building nutrients and biomass. There are field days scheduled at various locations around the state so you can see the cover crops in similar soils as what is on your own farm. Look for a similar post when other field day schedules are finalized.

All of the field days are free and include a lunch, but an RSVP is strongly recommended. We hope to see you there!

Benton County
March 19, 10:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.
New Location: Luzerne Fire Station
116 East Iowa Street, Luzerne

Speakers:

  • Tom Kaspar, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment
  • Dustin Kaestner, cover crop farmer and host
  • Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Tina Cibula, Natural Resources Conservation Service

RSVP to any of these NRCS offices:
Benton County, 319-472-2161 ext. 3
Iowa County, 319-668-2359
Tama County, 641-484-2701 ext. 3
Poweshiek County, 641-528-2065 ext. 3.

Kaestner Seeds is located three-fourths of a mile south of Highway 30 on 16th Ave./County Road V44 on the west side of the road. From Luzerne: go north on 16th Ave. approximately 3 miles.

Clinton County
March 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Buzzy’s Pizza
414 Main Street, Welton

The event is held in conjunction with the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association, but anyone can attend the workshop. The day includes a field tour at the Neal Engel farm, near Maquoketa.

Speakers:

  • Mark Carlton, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist
  • Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Bruce Van Laere, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • and a farmer panel with Neal Engel and other area cover crop farmers

RSVP to any of these NRCS offices (all numbers will use extension 3):
Cedar County, 563-886-6214
Clinton County, 563-659-3456
Dubuque County, 563-876-3418
Jackson County, 563-652-3237;
Jones County, 319-462-3196.

Carroll/Sac County
March 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Black Hawk Marsh State Game Management Area
Lake View

The field day will begin at the game management area, 3599 Quincy Ave., Lake View, and will move to the Russ Schelle farm, 10326 Granite Ave., Breda, and wrap up with lunch and discussion in the Breda park shelter.

Speakers:

  • Tim Smith, cover crop farmer from Eagle Grove
  • Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Mark Licht, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist
  • Denis Schulte, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • T.J. Lynn, Black Hawk Lake Watershed Project

RSVP to any of these NRCS offices (all numbers will use extension 3):
Buena Vista, 712-732-3096
Calhoun County, 712-297-7824
Carroll County, 712-792-1212
Pocahontas County, 712-335-4790
Sac County, 712-662-7773

From Lake View: travel south out of town on High Street (county road 68), road will turn into Perkins Ave. Turn east onto 350th Street and travel one mile. Turn south onto Quincy Ave., and go approximately one mile. 

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