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Cover crop seeding techniques field day topic

By Staff | Mar 6, 2016

KANAWHA – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Hagie Manufacturing and Iowa State University Extension, will host a cover crop field day on from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha.

The event is free and includes a complimentary meal.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to the benefits they provide.

Such benefits include reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion.

Choosing which seeding method to implement can have a significant impact on achieving these benefits and farmer’s goals.

To help producers evaluate different seeding techniques available, three demonstration sites were established in north central Iowa to assess the establishment of single species cover crops and mixtures using three seeding methods – above canopy and below canopy into standing cash crop and post-harvest drilling.

This field day offers an opportunity to visit the site established at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm and hear from the project partners. They are:

  • Tim Smith, cover crop farmer and demonstration site near Eagle Grove.
  • Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers of Iowa research scientist.
  • Rachel Halbach, Hagie Manufacturing and demonstration site near Clarion.

The field day will start at the Kanawha demonstration site located on the south side of 5th St. (B63) Kanawha. From Main Street in Kanawha, turn west on W 5th St. (B63) for 1/2 mile. The field day’s location will be on the south side of the road.

Following the program, a complimentary meal prepared by Big Brad’s BBQ will be served at the Northern Research and Demonstration Farm main building at 1040 James Ave., in Kanawha.

Reservations are requested to ensure adequate space and food by contacting Liz Juchems at (515) 294-5429.

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