The second session of Grassroots Grazing for young and beginning graziers, set for September 15, will provide a unique opportunity for attendees. Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers says the ISU Marsden Agronomy Farm and Field Extension Education Laboratory location near Boone in central Iowa offers a firsthand look and up-to-date information. Topics to be covered include grazing, cover crops, crop rotation options, and the Marsden Farm cropping experiment.
“Professor Matt Liebman of the ISU agronomy department will talk about the various characteristics of conventional and more diverse crop systems and will lead a tour of the farm,” Sellers says. “Agronomy graduate research assistant Hannah Poffenbarger will present information on financial aspects and considerations of both conventional corn-soy rotations and more diverse four-crop rotations, including the option of integration with cattle production.”
Extended grazing is a management tool to reduce feed costs
Sellers will talk about using extended grazing as a way to reduce feed costs. Erika Lundy with the Iowa Beef Center will update the group who attends this event on grazing annual cover crops. Sellers says this session is open to any cattle producer, regardless of whether they attended the earlier Grassroots Grazing series session.
The September 15 event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the farm tour, followed by a light meal in the Field Extension Education Lab (FEEL) building and a discussion about this year’s grazing season. The meeting will adjourn by 9 p.m.
No charge to attend this session, but you should preregister
“There is no fee to attend, but we encourage preregistration by September 13 to ensure adequate meal and materials count,” Sellers says. “Please contact me at 641-203-1270 or Erika Lundy at 515-294-9881 to preregister or for more information.”
The address of the farm is 1928 240th Street, Boone. Directions: From Hwy. 30, at U Avenue, turn south. (United Community School is on the northeast corner and the ISU Agronomy Farm is on the southeast corner of this intersection.) Proceed south on U avenue for one mile then turn right on 240th street. Proceed west for 0.5 miles. FEEL is on the south side of the road – the crop rotation plots are ½ mile north of FEEL. Look for a sign directing you to the plots.
The event flier has more information. Sponsors are IBC, ISU Extension, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The Iowa Beef Center at ISU was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from ISU Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the cattle industry. For information, visit iowabeefcenter.org.