Iowa Learning Farms cover crop field day Nov. 4 in Van Meter

October 16, 2015

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project, the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group and farmer Jeff Koch, will host a cover crop field day on Wednesday, November 4, from 10:30a.m.-1:00p.m. at the American Legion Post #403 Veterans Reception Center in Van Meter.  The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.
Hosting the field day is Jeff Koch, a Dallas and Madison County farmer who has been using cover crops since 2012.  Koch is currently participating in a cover crop study with the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group that is looking at the effects of various cover crop mixes on soil health, water quality and crop yields.  This year the plots were aerially seeded with a rye, rapeseed and radish mix on Sept. 11, 2015.   Following the complimentary meal, Koch will lead a tour of his cover crop fields and address questions about using cover crops in his farming operation.
Joining Koch to provide an update on conservation efforts in the Badger Creek Lake Watershed is project coordinator, Anna MacDonald. Also speaking at the field day are ISU Extension and Outreach Cropping Systems Agronomist, Mark Licht and Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crops Research Coordinator with Practical Farmers of Iowa who will discuss managing cover crops and address questions on cover crop species selection and termination methods. 
The field day will be held at the American Legion Post #403 Veterans Reception Center located at 910 Main St., Van Meter, IA. 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
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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.