Multi-species cover crop trial field day to be held near Prairie City on Nov. 12

October 26, 2015

Multi-species cover crop trial field day to be held near Prairie City on Nov. 12
 
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Jasper County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will host a multi-species cover crop field day on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Gordon Wassenaar farm, rural Prairie City.  The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.
 
Speaking at the field day is host farmer Gordon Wassenaar. Wassenaar has been farming for over 50 years and is using conservation practices including no-till and a cereal rye cover crop on the 1200 acres.  This fall Wassenaar partnered with the Jasper County NRCS to establish a multi-species cover crop trial utilizing different seeding methods and rates.  Eric Immerman, Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District Field Services Manager, will lead attendees on a tour through the plots of cereal rye, annual ryegrass, winter wheat, triticale, and three mixes that include brassicas and legumes that have been aerial, drilled or broadcast seeded.
 
Also speaking at the field day are NRCS staff Holly Giombi and Curtis Donohue.  They will discuss matching your cover crop system to your resource goals.  The field day will also include a question and answer panel with local cover crop experts and will conclude with a complimentary meal catered by Magg Family Catering from Prairie City.
 
The field day site is located at 8718 W 109th St. S., Prairie City.  At Prairie City, take exit 18 from IA-163 and go south on W 109th St (gravel road) for approximately 1 mile. The farm is located on the east side of the road with many large grain bins.
 
The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. 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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