Cover crop workshop to be held in Elkport April 9

April 8, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host a cover crops workshop on Thursday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Elkport-Garber Community Center in Elkport.
 
Speaking at the field day is host farmer Mark Glawe of Garber, who will talk about his experience using cover crops as a grazing source for his cattle as well as in his corn-soybean rotation. Also speaking is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab, who will share information about cattle nutrition when grazing cover crops. Liz Juchems, with Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss the benefits of cover crops; Eric Palas, with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will talk about cost-share programs available to add cover crops into a farming operation.
 
Following the speakers, attendees can enjoy a complimentary lunch and take a tour of Glawe’s cover crop field, weather permitting. The Elkport-Garber Community Center is located at 120 Main Street, Elkport. Glawe’s cover crop field is at 36354 Colesburg Road, Garber.
 
The field day is free and open to the public, but it is suggested to contact the Clayton County NRCS office to indicate how many will be present for lunch: phone 563-245-1048, ext. 3.
 
As part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation reduces soil erosion, reduces nitrogen and phosphorus loads, and increases soil organic matter. Research has shown that cover crops can reduce nitrogen and phosphorus losses by approximately 30 percent. These crops, used in combination with other best management practices, will reduce point and nonpoint source pollution significantly in Iowa waters and downstream.
 
The Iowa Cover Crop Working Group promotes the use of living cover on Iowa agricultural lands. The group provides a unified voice from academy, non-profit, and industry sectors on the benefits of cover crops and encourages their use in cropping systems across the state.
 
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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