Iowa Learning Farms, as part of the Iowa Cover Crops Working Group, will host a field day on cover crops and bioreactors on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on the Rob Stout farm, rural Washington.
Cover crops are growing in popularity in Iowa. As part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation can help reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads, increase soil organic matter, and reduce soil erosion. These crops, used in combination with other best management practices—such as bioreactors—will reduce point and nonpoint source pollution in Iowa waters and downstream.
Field day attendees will hear from several presenters including:
Host and ILF farmer partner Rob Stout will discuss the installation of a bioreactor on his farm and share his experience as part of the long-term rye cover crop study.
Matt Helmers, Iowa State University Extension water quality engineer, will share the benefits of bioreactors and cover crops to nutrient load reductions into streams and subsurface drainage waters.
Mark Hanna, Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer, will present different methods for seeding cover crops and will also offer no-till pointers and tips for planting into spring cover crop residue.
The Iowa Soybean Association’s model bioreactor will be on display.
A complimentary lunch will be provided with the Washington County Pork Producers at the grill. To RSVP for the field day, contact Iowa Learning Farms, 515-294-8912 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 14.
The Stout farm is located at 2449 Hemlock Ave., Washington. From Washington, go west on County Road G-38 (250th St.) for five miles. Turn north onto Hemlock Ave. and go one-half mile. The farmstead is on the west side of the road.
The Iowa Cover Crops Working Group is working 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 encouragement of 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.