Iowa Learning Farms hosts cover crop field day near Hedrick

September 6, 2013

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Mark Jacobs farm in Wapello County, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The field day will focus on cover crop management.
The agenda of the field day includes: host farmer Mark Jacobs will share his experience growing cover crops on his farm. Stephen Nebel will talk about Bio Till cover crop seeds that work best in southern Iowa. Jamie Benning with Iowa State University Performance-based Watershed Management Program will present information about new cover crop demonstrations in the area. Ryan Rasmussen, Competine Creek Watershed coordinator, will provide updates on the watershed improvement project. The field day includes a complimentary lunch following the program. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
The field day will be at the Mark Jacobs farm, 3051 160thStreet, Hedrick. From Hedrick, go east on Highway 149 approximately two miles to 180th Ave./Farson Road (V37), travel south on Farson Road approximately 3.75 miles to 165th Street (H17); go east one mile to Competine Road, turn south and go a half-mile to the corner of 160th Street, just past the Competine Cemetery.
Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping our state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.
Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between 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); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.