March (and April) Cover Crop Madness!!!

Regardless of the weather and late spring, cover crop themed workshops continue to be a slam dunk.  Last week ILF hosted 3 different cover crop workshops in Benton (March 19), Clinton (March 21) and Sac counties (March 22).  While our field visits had to be cancelled on account of snow and cold weather we still had some greatly successful workshops.  Presentations featured experienced cover crop farmer panelists, cover crop researchers and ISU Extension and Outreach personnel.  In total, participation last week alone included over 265 people!

(Note: you can click on the photos to enlarge them.)

ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist Mark Carlton speaks about the benefits of cover crops at the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Annual meeting in Clinton County.

ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist Mark Carlton speaks about the benefits of cover crops for feed, soil and nutrient management at the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association annual meeting in Clinton county.

Maquoketa area producer Neal Engel speaks about how cover crops are a natural fit in his cattle operation.

Maquoketa area producer Neal Engel answers questions and speaks about how cover crops are a natural fit in his cattle operation.

Local area farmers Tim Daly and Mike Redmond serve as panelists speaking about their experiences with cover crops.

Local area farmers Tim Daly (left) and Mike Redmond (right) also spoke about their experiences with cover crops in corn-soybean systems.

Watershed coordinator T.J. Lynn gives a progress update and speaks to cost-share available in the watershed at this Blackhawk Lake Watershed Cover Crop Workshop held March 22nd.

Blackhawk Lake watershed coordinator T.J. Lynn gives a progress update and speaks to cost-share opportunities available at this Blackhawk Lake Watershed Cover Crop Workshop held March 22nd in Breda.

ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist Mark Licht speaks about drought considerations and the role of cover crops in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist Mark Licht speaks about drought considerations and the role of cover crops in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Eagle Grove farmer Tim Smith speaks about his experience with cover crops and passion for taking care of the land he farms.

Eagle Grove farmer Tim Smith speaks about his experiences with cover crops and passion for taking care of the land he farms.

This week we’re off to two more cover crop workshops on Tuesday the 26th (Dedham American Legion in Carroll County) and Thursday the 28th (Kent Swanson Farm at 2670 K Ave near Red Oak, IA in Montgomery County).  The events are all free and the public is encouraged to attend!

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