Whether you already plant cover crops on your farm or you are still evaluating them, you can save time and money by attending the Cover Crop Workshops at this year's Iowa Power Farming Show, Jan. 28-30, in Des Moines. The workshops will feature grain and livestock farmers with cover crop experience, as well as other experts. Core topics offered in both morning and afternoon sessions include:
* Selecting cover crops
* Five popular seeding methods
* How and when to terminate cover crops
* Making cover crops work with livestock
The workshops are free with paid admission to the Power Show. The three concurrent, one-hour sessions at the workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and until 3 p.m. on Thursday. The noon session on all three days will feature grain marketing analyst Elaine Kub who will speak on "Optimizing Production Risk with Cover Crops Makes Managing Market Risk Easier."
Get practical, proven cover crop management tips from experienced farmers
The workshop speakers include Iowa farmers Steve Berger, Kelly Tobin, Tim Smith and Chris Gaesser, as well as nationally recognized aerial-seeding expert Jamie Scott and high-clearance seeding veteran Matt VanTilburg.
Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) may receive up to 46 continuing education unit credits for attending the Cover Crop Workshop sessions: 32 Soil & Water Management, 8 Crop Management and 6 Nutrient Management. For more details and to view a session schedule vist the Conservation Districts of Iowa website.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
The Cover Crop Workshops are made possible by the generous financial support of these organizations: Gold Sponsors: DuPont Pioneer, Saddle Butte Ag, Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission. Silver Sponsors: Kimberley Ag Consulting, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, GS3 Quality Seed, KB Seed Solutions, Ampac Seed Company, Cover Crop Solutions, Monsanto. Bronze Sponsors: Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Environmental Tillage Systems
Farmers have great interest in adding cover crops to their farming operations
Iowa farmers have made significant long-term progress protecting Iowa's soil and water resources while actively working to improve soil conservation practices. Farmers have shown great interest in adding cover crops to their operation and the workshops and educational sessions will address the latest practices that improve soil health, maintain organic matter and increase productivity. "Iowa farmers have shown great innovation developing conservation plans on their farms," says Rick Robinson, Iowa Farm Bureau environmental policy advisor. "Protecting the land has always been a top priority for Iowa farmers, so we are proud to help bring these cover crop workshops to the Iowa Power Farming Show."
Each day, the workshops will feature five overview sessions in the morning and afternoon on cover crop basics, seeding, termination, integrating with livestock, and four daily in-depth sessions on aerial and high-clearance seeding. "Workshop attendees will learn the benefits of cover crops, find direction on choosing the right cover crop seeds, receive information on application and termination of cover crops, and learn more about how cover crops fit with a livestock operation," says Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.
More information on the 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show is available at the show's website. To hear firsthand accounts of diverse conservation practices farmers are using or to learn about upcoming field days and other conservation events, visit the Iowa Farm Bureau website.