AMES, IOWA – Lake Geode Watershed Project, in partnership with the Des Moines County Soil and Water Conservation District, Iowa Learning Farms, and Southeastern Community College, will host a cover crop and soil health field day on Wednesday, November 7, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Southeastern Community College Campus. The event is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary meal provided by Tri-Oak Foods.
Farmers across Iowa are implementing cover crops as a conservation practice to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health, limit nitrogen leaching, and also provide an additional source of grazing. Attendees will learn about cover crops, cover crop varieties, application methods, grazing and cost-share opportunities.
Attendees will meet at the SCC Ag Building (Shop) on the north side of campus. The field day is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Caleb Waters or Jamie Stewart at the Des Moines County Soil and Water Conservation District at (319) 753-6221 Ext: 3 by November 1st to pre-register.
For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by 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 include 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 Outreach Specialist
Lake Geode Watershed Coordinator
(319) 753-6221 Ext: 3968