Farmers Can Learn More About Cover Crops

Farmers Can Learn More About Cover Crops

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-host a workshop focusing on cover crops at the Clay County Regional Events Center at Spencer in northwest Iowa, on March 10.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-host a workshop focusing on cover crops at the Clay County Regional Events Center at Spencer in northwest Iowa, on Thursday, March 10. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with a free lunch following the workshop. This meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.

"There is a lot of interest among farmers regarding the use of cover crops," says Paul Kassel, Iowa State University Extension crop specialist in northwest Iowa. "This meeting is an opportunity to learn what the latest recommendations are and to get your specific questions answered."

The workshop offers information on several aspects of cover crops including corn and soybean yield response following fall-seeded rye and other cereal grains, fall seeding and spring-kill or grazing timing, planter set-up tips for planting into a cover crop, soil quality improvement with cover crop usage, and the variety of cover crops that can be used.

Call to preregister if you want to attend cover crops workshop

Speakers include Tom Kaspar, cover crop management researcher with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Mark Hanna and ISU agronomy professor John Sawyer. Local NRCS personnel will provide information about cost-share programs for cover crop establishment and management practices. Farmers who have tried fall-seeded cereal rye or other cover crops on their farms are encouraged to attend and share their experiences with other attendees.

The workshop will be held at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer, located on West 18th Street at the Clay County Fairgrounds. There is no charge to attend the workshop, but an RSVP is requested in order to obtain an accurate lunch count. You are asked to phone the ISU Extension office in Clay County at 712-262-2264 to register for the workshop.

The Iowa Learning Farms is a program that is building a culture of conservation, encouraging adoption of residue management and conservation practices.  Farmers, researchers and ILF staff are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable. 

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