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Boone-area field day focuses on cover crops, corn

By Staff | Aug 28, 2013

BOONE – A field day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, hosted by the Iowa State University Agronomy Research Farm, 1308 U Ave., Boone, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and U Avenue between Boone and Ames.

A lunch will follow the program.

The event will focus on cover crops and corn production.

ISU Vice President for Extension John Lawrence will present information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Sarah Carlson, Midwest cover crop research coordinator, will discuss establishing cover crops and selecting appropriate plants.

ISU Extension weed specialist and agronomy professor Bob Hartzler will present information on the effects of residual herbicide on cover crop establishment.

Mark Licht, ISU Extension field agronomist, will offer tips about cover crop management in a corn-soybean rotation.

ISU Extension entomologist Erin Hodgson will provide information about corn rootworm resistance and resistance management.

ISU Extension corn agronomist Roger Elmore will update attendees on the state’s corn production status.

Following lunch, the ISU BioCentury Research Farm will offer tours of the facility and Iowa Learning Farms will demonstrate the Conservation Station.

sIts rainfall simulator shows the effects of rainfall on several different surfaces, including intense tillage, perennial vegetation and permeable pavers for streets and driveways.

Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa, ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension are hosts of the field day.

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