Cover crop field day to be held near Buckingham on Nov. 5

October 16, 2015

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project will host a cover crop field day on Thursday, November 5, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the Louis and Pat Beck farm, rural Buckingham.  The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.
 
Speaking at the field day is host farmer Louis Beck.  Beck and his wife Pat, care for a Century Farm where they raise meat goats, mange an apple orchard and no-till 400 acres of corn and soybeans.  Beck is in his second year of using cover crops and will discuss his motivations for adding cover crops to his conservation farming plan.  The highboy seeder used to overseed Beck’s cover crops will be on display, courtesy of Blake Hollis and Lanehaven Farms.
 
Also speaking at the field day are ISU Extension and Outreach Water Quality Program Manager, Jamie Benning and ILF event coordinator, Liz Juchems.  They will share results from a cover crop economics study looking at the value of protecting the soil from erosion.  Shane Wulf, project coordinator and Steve Hershner, Cedar Rapids Utilities Director, will also provide an update on the update on Miller Creek and Middle Cedar Partnership with Cedar Rapids.
 
The field day site is located at 14124 Beck Rd, rural Buckingham.  From Hudson, take Highway 63 south for approximately 6 miles.  Turn left (east) onto W Tama Rd and go 3 miles. Turn right (south) on Beck Rd.  The field day site is the first place on the left (west) side of the road.
 
The workshop is 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 ilf@iastate.edu.
 
For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa.
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