Cover crop and soil health field day planned for September 7 near Keota

August 18, 2016

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day Wednesday, September 7th. The 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day near Keota is free and open to the public. It includes a complimentary lunch.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to the many benefits they provide. Such benefits include reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter, and reduced soil erosion. Choosing which species and seeding method to implement can have a significant impact on achieving these benefits and farmer’s goals.

The agenda topics include:

  • cover crop seeding rates, termination, and pest management with Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach

  • local farmer Tim Sieren sharing his experience with cover crops

  • soil health discussion with Brian Hora of Continuum Ag, LLC of Washington


The field day will be hosted by Vision Ag at 2038 Keokuk Washington Rd, on the east side of Keota. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project Coordinator Dan Mahoney at 319-653-2138 ext. 3.

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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.