Cover Crop Field Day To Be Held Near Kanawha On November 16 | Building a Culture of Conservation

Cover Crop Field Day To Be Held Near Kanawha On November 16

October 25, 2021

AMES, Iowa –  Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, November 16 from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Iowa State University Northern Research Farm near Kanawha. The event is free, open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits - reduced soil erosion, potential weed suppression, improved infiltration, reduced nutrient losses, increased soil organic matter and more! This field day will focus on new research examining the potential for early interseeded cover crops like cowpeas and cereal rye, as well as mixtures in a corn system to reduce runoff, enhance soil organic matter and reduce nitrogen leaching.

The field day will begin with lunch at the Northern Research Farm main building. The program will kick off at the research plots with researchers Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist at Iowa State University, Mike Witt, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist, and Nate Huntley, Wright County Farmer.

The field day will begin at the ISU Northern Research Farm, 310 S Main Street, Kanawha, IA 50447. The workshop is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP please contact Liz Ripley at 515-294-5429 or ilf@iastate.edu.  

Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 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, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.