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Experienced cover croppers will meet at FPS

By Staff | Aug 29, 2016

Mark Schleisman, of Lake City.

AMES – Practical Farmers of Iowa invites farmers with questions about cover crops to stop by the Practical Farmers of Iowa booth (9513 in the Varied Industries Tent) during this year’s Farm Progress Show, Tuesday through Thursday at the Central Iowa Expo, along U.S. Highway 30 between Ames and Boone.

Experienced cover crop farmers will be available each day, along with PFI staff, to answer a wide range of cover crop production questions.

The guest cover croppers will be;

TUESDAY

A). Ruth and Robert Harvey, of Redfield (central Iowa), from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. They have been using cover crops on more than 1,000 acres and can answer questions on no-till and cover crops, aerial-seeding cover crops, planter setup for planting corn and soybeans into cover crops.

Nathan Anderson, of Cherokee.

B). Jeremy Gustafson, of Boone (central Iowa), from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. He farms corn, soybeans and small grains close to the Farm Progress Show site and can answer questions on using cover crops on heavy, wet soils, summer cover crop mixtures, planting soybeans into green rye.

C). Sarah Carlson, PFI’s Midwest cover crops research coordinator; and Meghan Filbert, PFI’s livestock coordinator; will be available all day to answer questions about cover crops in crop and livestock systems.

WEDNESDAY

A). Nathan Anderson, of Cherokee (northwest Iowa), from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nathan and his family raise corn, soybeans, cattle, small grains and hay. They have been using cover crops for more than four years and can answer questions on grazing cover crops, aerial seeding multi-species mixes, and making cover crops work with a corn-soybean rotation.

B). Mark Peterson, of Stanton (southwest Iowa), will be at the booth throughout the day. Mark and his wife, Melanie, raise corn, soybeans and small grains on about 500 acres, and have been using cover crops for eight years. He can answer questions on spring nitrogen program for corn following cereal rye cover crop, drilling versus aerial-seeding with helicopters, and cover crop variety trial observations.

Sally Worley, executive director of Practical Farmers of Iowa.

C). Wade Dooley, of Albion (central Iowa), from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wade and his father farm about 1,500 acres, raising corn, soybeans, cereal rye, alfalfa hay and pasture, as well as watermelons, squash and popcorn. He can answer questions on grazing cover crops, aerial- and drill-seeding cover crops and making cover crops work with a corn-soybean rotation.

D). Stefan Gailans, PFI’s research and field crops director, will be available all day to answer questions on cover crops in crop production systems.

THURSDAY

A). Dan Hayes, of Stanley, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hayes raises asparagus and guinea fowl, and can talk about the benefits of cover crops, using cover crops after asparagus, cover crops for home gardeners.

B). Mark Peterson, of Stanton (southwest Iowa), from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

C). Mark Schleisman, of Lake City, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Schleisman farms more than 2,000 acres, using cover crops on at least 1,000 acres, and has a cow-calf operation.He can answer questions on grazing cover crops, aerial-, highboy- and drill-seeding cover crops and making cover crops work with a corn-soybean-seed corn production system.

D). Sally Worley, PFI’s executive director, will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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