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Cover crops field day to be set Nov. 8 near Carroll

By Staff | Nov 1, 2012

CARROLL – Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University Extension will co-host a field day at the Art Behrens farm near Carroll, on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch.

The field day will focus on cover crop implementation on corn and soybean acres. Farmers and landowners are learning more about the short- and long-term benefits of adding cover crops on their farm.

Cover crops have potential toreduce soil erosion, increase soil organic matter levels, improve soil structure, protect water quality by capturing and holding fertilizer nutrients, and restrict growth of winter annual weeds in no-till crop management systems. Farmer and host Art Behrens will share his experience in establishing cover crops on his farm.

Tom Kaspar with National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment will offer tips and cautions in adding cover crops to corn and soybean rotations. Mark Licht, n ISU Extension field agronomist will offer drought considerations for next year’s crops.

The Art Behrens farm is located at 25273 Kittyhawk Ave., Carroll. From Carroll, travel south on U.S. Highway 71, three miles to E46. Turn west and travel one mile to Kittyhawk Ave. Go south approximately one-half mile.

The farm is on the west side of the road.

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role inkeeping our state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted.

A goal of ILF is to build a culture of conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

ILF is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, ISU Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with conservation districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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