Cover crop grazing field day planned for November 15 near Dayton

October 26, 2016

Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop grazing field day Tuesday, November 15th. The 12:30-2:30 p.m. field day at Kellie and AJ Blair’s farm, rural Dayton.  The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.


Webster County farmers Kellie and AJ Blair have implemented a wide variety of conservation practices including no-till, strip-till, cover crops and nutrient management.  For the last seven years, they have been using cover crops to limit nutrient runoff and leaching in their row crop fields. As cattle producers, they recently started grazing their cover crops to help maximize the return value.  The Blairs will share their experiences using different seeding methods, management of the cover crops and the benefits of grazing the cover crops. Weather permitting, attendees will visit the nearby cover crop fields.


Also speaking at the field day is Russ Euken, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.  He will share information and recommendations to maximize the feed value of cover crops.  Angie Rieck-Hinz, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead a discussion on management considerations for both grazing and row crop production.  Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa, will share on-farm cover crop research updates and recommendations. 


The field day will be held at the Blair Farm, 3531 Paragon Ave. Dayton. From Dayton, IA-175 west for 2 miles. Turn right to head north on Paragon Ave (P61). The farm is the first place on the west side of the road. Lunch will be served inside the shop and weather permitting, the program will take place in the nearby cover crop field.


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 ilf@iastate.edu.


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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.


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