April Cover Crop Events

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Iowa Learning Farms is sponsoring three cover crop events this month. The workshops focus on cover crop management and how they can be incorporated into a whole farm conservation plan. They are free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Thursday, April 3rd: Poweshiek County, 10am-12:30pm

Meet at Malcom Community Center
212 Main St.
Malcom, IA 50157

 

The program will begin at the Malcom Community Center, then head to the fields for a tour of three cover crop field sites.  We will return to the Community Center for lunch. Washington County farmer Steve Berger will share his experience using cover crops and their role in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and host farmer Joe Kriegel will talk about using a three-year rotation, growing cereal rye seed and frost seeding clover.

For individuals who need accommodations to attend, including transportation, contact Jody Bailey at 319-656-2310.

 

Tuesday, April 8th: Carroll County, 10am-12:30pm

Neil Vonnahme Farm
13628 220th Street
Arcadia, IA 51430                        
Directions to the site are 3 miles south of US 30 on Delta Ave./M68 and 2/3 mile east on 220th Street.  We will have the meeting in his machine shed.
 

Topics for this workshop include:

  • Cover crops as a weed management tool: Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension and Outreach weed specialist
  • Choosing the right cover crop for your farm and raising your own seed: Barry Kusel, Carroll County farmer
  • Cover crop mixtures and cultivar selection: Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Using cover crops, conservation tillage and buffer strips to enhance soil and water quality: Matt Helmers, ISU Extension and Outreach water quality engineer

 The workshop begins with the program at 10am and will conclude with a complimentary lunch. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, April 4th: Liz Juchems 515-294-5429

 

Wednesday, April 9th: Pottawattamie County, 10am-12:30pm

Oakland Community Building
614 Dr. Van Zee Road
Oakland, IA 51560

This workshop will feature presentations on the following topics:

  • Using cover crops, conservation tillage and buffer strips to enhance soil and water quality: Matt Helmers, ISU Extension and Outreach water quality engineer
  • Cover crop mixtures and cultivar selection: Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Cover crop effects on soil health: Rick Bednarek, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Choosing the right cover crop for your farm: Jon Bakehouse and Steve McGrew, Mills County farmers

The workshop begins with the program at 10am and will conclude with a complimentary lunch. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, April 4th: Liz Juchems 515-294-5429

 

 

The following cover crop field day is sponsored by Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Wednesday, April 9th: Cherokee County, 1pm

Nathan Anderson’s Farm
1950 520th St.
Cherokee, IA
Directions:1 mile North of Highway 3 on M10 and ½ West on 520th St. South Side of the road.

 

Featured Speakers:

  • Nathan Anderson – Conservation Districts of Iowa Cover Crop Champion Commissioner
  • Mike Henderson – District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for Cherokee and O’Brien Counties

For more information, please contact: Patrick Kohn, Cherokee County SWCD, 712-225-4151 ext.3 or Patrick.Kohn@ia.nacdnet.net

 

Liz Juchems

 

 

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