Cover crops are becoming more popular, not only as a way to protect soil health and the environment, but to help farmers turn bigger profits. Interested in learning more? Come attend one of three free events in November.
NEVADA, Iowa - Caught between unpredictable trade conditions and uncooperative weather, Iowa farmers are under more pressure than ever. Perhaps that’s why recently there has been a surge in interest in the practice of cover cropping: growing non-cash crops in between row crops or in the off-season.
The benefits range from faster drainage of water and reduced nutrient runoff to reduced quantities of herbicide needed and discounted crop insurance rates. The Iowa Farmers Union, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Soil Health Partnership, Iowa Seed Association, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Water Quality Initiative, Iowa Corn, Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance have all come together to present a series of field day events to provide more information about this exciting practice.
The events will take place in several locations around the state and are open to anyone who wants to learn more about cover crops and insurance incentives for cover cropping. Each day will include a farm tour, panel discussion with local farmers, and a presentation including information about making cover crops pay, crop insurance discount options, water quality and earthworm impacts. The events are free to attend and a complimentary meal is included!
Hosted by Nick Meier
Single Speed Brewing Co
325 Commercial St
Waterloo, IA 50701
Hosted by Dick Lund
West Iowa Bank
202 W Main St
Laurens, IA 50554
Hosted by Mike Helland
Huxley Learning Center
1551 Hwy 210
Huxley, IA 50124
For more information or to register for an event, please visit https://iowafarmersunion.org/upcoming-events/events-calendar/
President Iowa Farmers Union
Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Outreach Specialist
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).