Iowa Learning Farms to host cover crop workshop at Kanawha Nov. 19

November 6, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) and Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), as part of the Iowa Cover Crops Working Group, will host a cover crop workshop at the Fire Department building, 104 S. Main, Kanawha, from 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.  The event is free, open to the public, and includes a complimentary lunch.
The workshop will highlight the research and demonstration plots comparing three seeding methods: above canopy, below canopy, and drilling post-harvest with a Hagie highboy into standing crops. Speakers include:

ILF farmer partner Tim Smith from Eagle Grove. Smith has incorporated cover crops into his corn-soybean rotation and is participating in both of the Iowa Cover Crops Working Group cover crop mixtures and seeding technique studies.

Stefan Gailans, PFI research scientist, will review their cover crop varieties trial and the seeding project at the Kanawha farm.

Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist, will share how cover crops help with weed suppression and their benefits with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Rachel Halbach from Hagie Manufacturing will discuss different methods of seeding cover crops with the Hagie highboy machinery.

After lunch, attendees may visit the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group plots at the research farm, weather permitting.
RSVPs are requested for the meal: please contact Iowa Learning Farms, 515-294-8912 or email:, by Nov. 14.
The Iowa Cover Crop Working Group’s goal is to increase the amount of living cover on Iowa agricultural lands. The group provides a unified voice from academy, non-profit and industry sectors on the importance of cover crops and the encouragement of their use in cropping systems across the state.
Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call 515.232.5661 or visit
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. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: