Over the last two weeks, Iowa Learning Farms team members (with help from our friends at Practical Farmers of Iowa) have been visiting ISU Research and Demonstration Farms statewide, checking up on our cover crop mixture plots planted as part of the National Conservation Innovation Grant. Our visits to the six sites include collecting fall above-ground biomass from each of the cover crop plots, the final water sampling of the season, and winterizing the suction lysimeters until sampling resumes in spring.
In a previous blog post, I shared photos from the Armstrong Research and Demonstrations Farm in Southwest Iowa from our trip there at the end of September. After another month-plus of growth, the cover crops are flourishing! So for comparison purposes, let’s take a look post-harvest:
And how about those mixtures?
And a few views from the soybean plots:
Two sets of biomass samples are collected in each plot:
Want to learn more? Join us for one of our upcoming November field days! Detailed information for each is available on the Iowa Learning Farms website.
Nov. 12, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Wallace Learning Center at Armstrong Research Farm
Nov. 18, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Borlaug Center at Northeastern Research Farm
Nov. 19, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fire Department building
Nov. 20, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Rob Stout farm, Washington Co.
Nov. 25, 11 am-1 pm
Truro Lions Club, Madison Co.