Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Woodbury County Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO), will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, July 12, from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at John Wilcox Farm near Correctionville. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal.
The field day will feature Woodbury County producers John and Roger Wilcox, Shane Susie and Cherokee County farmer Nathan Anderson. They will share their experiences adding a cover crop to their operations, including the benefits and challenges they have faced. NRCS Agronomist, Mike Henderson will discuss soil health and provide a slake test demonstration. Joel DeJong, ISUEO field agronomist with share information on herbicide carryover effects on cover crops and provide tips to help with planning and management of cover crops. The Conservation Station rainfall simulator will also be on hand to demonstrate the effects of rainfall on different agricultural and urban land use scenarios through the collection of water runoff and subsurface drainage.
The field day will be held at John Wilcox’s Farm, 3550 170th St. Correctionville, Iowa. From Correctionville, take IA-31 S (160th St) south for about 1 mile. Turn right to stay on 160th St (D22) and travel west for 6.4 miles. Turn left to go south on Lee Ave for 1.2 miles. Take the first left on to 170th St and the farm will be 1 mile east at the T-intersection. Field day signs will be posted. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Woodbury County NRCS at 712-943-6272 ext. 300 to RSVP.
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.