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Iowa Learning Farms sets July 12 field day

By Staff | Jul 5, 2016

CORRECTIONVILLE – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Woodbury County Natural Resource Conservation Service and Iowa State University Extension, will host a cover crop field day from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 12 at John Wilcox Farm, 3550 170th St. in Correctionville.

The event is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal.

Reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Woodbury County NRCS at (712) 943-6272 ext. 300 to RSVP.

The field day will feature Woodbury County producers John and Roger Wilcox, Shane Susie and Cherokee County farmer Nathan Anderson.

They will share their experiences adding a cover crop to their operations, including the benefits and challenges they have faced.

NRCS agronomist Mike Henderson will discuss soil health and provide a slake test demonstration.

Joel DeJong, an ISU Extension agronomist,. with share information on herbicide carryover effects on cover crops and provide tips to help with planning and management of cover crops.

The Conservation Station rainfall simulator will also be on hand to demonstrate the effects of rainfall on different agricultural and urban land use scenarios through the collection of water runoff and subsurface drainage.

From Correctionville, take Iowa Highway 31, which is 160th Street, south for about 1 mile. Turn right to stay on 160th Street, now D22, and travel west for 6.4 miles. Turn left on Lee Avenue for 1.2 miles. Take the first left onto 170th Street and the farm will be 1 mile east at the T-intersection.

Field day signs will be posted.

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