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ILF hosting cover crop field day April 12

By Staff | Apr 4, 2016

LARABEE – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Gere Creek Watershed Project, will host a cover crop field day on from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 12 at the Daryl Ducommun. and Ramona and John Nitz farms, in rural Larrabee.

The event is free and includes a meal. Reservations are requested to ensure adequate space and food by contacting Liz Juchems at (515) 294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner, Ramona Nitz, is leading by example on her farm by incorporating cover crops and no-till.

Nitz and her husband, John, have farmed for 30 years caring for a Century Farm. The Nitzes are using conservation practices to improve soil health and preserve the land for their children to farm in the future.

They are also capturing short term benefits by grazing their cattle in the cover crops.

Neighbor and field day host, Daryl Ducommun added cover crops, primarily cereal rye, to his no-till operation, citing economics and soil conservation as driving factors for the decision.

Ducommun and the Nitzes will share their experiences with cover crops while attendees visit nearby fields.

Also speaking at the field day is Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University Extension, who will address the feed value of grazing cover crops as well as herbicide restriction considerations.

Randy Sievert, a pilot for Sievert Ag Air, will discuss and answer questions about aerial application of cover crops.

Joel DeJong, and ISU Extension field agronomist, will also be available to answer questions.

The field day will be held at the Ducommun Farm, 4265 R Ave, Larrabee. From Larrabee, take U.S. Highway 59 north for 2 miles.

Turn right on 430th Street and go east for one mile. Take the first left north on R Avenue. The destination will be on the east side of the road.

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