Cover crop field day planned for August 24 at Allee Demonstration Farm near Newell

August 9, 2016

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, August 24th. The 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. field day near Newell is free and open to the public. It includes coffee at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude with 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 species selection and management

  • local famers sharing experiences with grazing cover crops and using different seeding methods, including high clearance seeders and aerial application

  • NRCS program updates for cover crops

The field day will be held at the Iowa State University Allee Demonstration Farm, 2030 640th St, Newell, IA 50568.  The Allee Demonstration Farm is located 1.5 miles west on gravel road 640th St. that intersects Highway 7 at the curve southeast. Destination will be on the south side of the road.

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

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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.