Great opportunities to learn more about cover crops

We had great turnout at our spring management cover crop workshops last week as farmers prepare for crop season 2016. Attendees were able to learn more about the role of cover crops in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy as well as the many benefits cover crops provide including reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter, and reduced soil erosion.

DSC_0192The workshops are helping prepare producers for spring management of cover crops and allow time for discussion to answer questions from new and experienced cover crop users. Topics covered at the workshops ranged from herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection and more.

There are three more opportunities this week to attend a workshop near you:

March 1: The Celebration Farm, 10:30am-12:30pm
Timber Frame Barn; 4696 Robin Woods Ln NE, Iowa City, IA 52240
In partnership with Rapid Creek Watershed Project

March 2: Mahaska County Extension Office, 10:30am-12:30pm
212 North I Street, Oskaloosa IA 52577

March 3: Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, 10:30am-12:30pm
53020 Hitchcock Avenue, Lewis, IA 51544

Workshops are free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email

Additional upcoming cover crop events:

March 10: Nutrient Management Cover Crop Field Day hosted by Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project, 10:30am-12:30pm
Download the flyer

March 10: North Central Iowa Research Association Annual Meeting, 9am-2pm
Download the flyer

March 30: Cover Crop Field Day hosted by Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project, 10am-1pm
Visit their website for more information.

April 12: Cover Crop Field Day hosted by Nathan Anderson
Cherokee County

April 13: Cover Crop Seeding Techniques Field Day
North Central Iowa Research Association Farm, Kanawha

Liz Juchems


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