Cover crop workshop to be held March 8 at Dordt College

February 13, 2017

Ames, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, March 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Dordt College. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits, reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion. Fall 2016 was another good season for cover crop establishment and growth, with adequate moisture and warm growing temperatures. Great fall growth can help protect the soil during the heavy rain events, and equipped with a good termination plan and equipment adjustments, farmers can minimize any potential yield impacts.

At the beginning of the workshop, facilitators will invite questions and concerns from the participants. For the remainder of the workshop, Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, will address the topics and questions raised by the participating farmers and landowners. They will also be prepared to discuss herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection, impacts on crop yields and soil health and more.

The workshop will take place in the NW Commons Dining Hall at Dordt College, 498 4th Ave NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250. A complimentary meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 1:00 p.m. 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.

For details on the workshop, and for more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit: www.iowalearningfarms.org.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms has become a trusted source of conservation information and research while helping to build 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 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, 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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