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Cover crops workshop set at Dordt College

By Staff | Mar 30, 2013

SIOUX CENTER – Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a cover crops workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., , on Monday, at the Dordt College Agricultural Stewardship Center, near Sioux Center for farmers in the counties of Plymouth, Sioux and Lyon.

The workshop will focus on cover crops for erosion control, grazing and soil health. The site is at 3101 370th St., Sioux Center, approximately two miles north of Sioux Center, located at the intersection of Highway 75 and County Road B-30 (370th Street.).

The workshop includes a presentation by Matt Helmers, an Iowa State University Extension agriculture and biosystems engineer. He will discuss cover crops and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Also, Cherokee County farmer, Nathan Anderson, will share his experiences using cover crops for soil health and grazing.

Evan Wielenga, Blake Groneweg and Cam Gradert will discuss cover crop seed purchasing, application and establishment.

Sioux County NRCS district conservationist Greg Marek will provide information on cost-share opportunities and Dordt College students Michael Gallagher and Parker Merritt will talk about their research.

The event is free, includes a complimentary lunch and an RSVP is recommended. To register for this event, call the county NRCS office: Lyon (712) 472-4021 ext 3; Sioux, (712) 737-2253 ext. 3; Plymouth, (712) 546-8858 ext. 3.

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