Iowa Learning Farms to host pasture walk June 21 near Vining

May 31, 2016

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Tama County NRCS, will host a pasture walk on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Eric Werner farm, rural Vining. The field day will include a visit to a permanent and newly convert pasture and a complimentary supper.

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. Cover crops also provide a great opportunity for grazing and forage to extend feed sources without converting acres to pasture and hay.

Host farmer Eric Werner, will share about utilizing rotational grazing in his cattle operation. Eric recently converted 33 acres from CRP for rotational grazing and has two solar pumps on wells, one of which will be pulled for demonstration. Larry Jones, Tama County NRCS District Conservationist will answer questions about the transition and similar practices that may qualify for cost-share consideration.

Also speaking are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) beef specialist Denise Schwab, who will discuss the benefits of rotational grazing of livestock, and ISUEO Field Agronomist Meaghan Anderson will address questions regarding herbicide restrictions for using cover crops as a grazing source. Hank Wehrman, a Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner, will share his experiences and answer questions about grazing cover crops in his cattle operation.

The field day will be on the Eric Werner farm, southeast of Vining. From Tama, take US-30 for 10 miles. Turn left Highway V18 and head north for 1.5 miles. Turn right (east) onto U Ave and follow the curve south.  Take the next available left (east) to follow the drive into the pasture site. Watch for signs that direct you to the field day pasture site. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

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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