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ILF sets cover crop workshop March 9

By Staff | Feb 27, 2017

ELDORA – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension, will host a cover crop workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1105 Washington St, in Eldora.

The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch, catered by Rite on 175, in Eldora.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits, reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion.

Fall 2016 was another good season for cover crop establishment and growth, with adequate moisture and warm growing temperatures.

Great fall growth can help protect the soil during the heavy rain events, and equipped with a good termination plan and equipment adjustments, farmers can minimize any potential yield impacts.

At the beginning of the workshop, facilitators will invite questions and concerns from the participants. For the remainder of the workshop, Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, will address the topics and questions raised by the participating farmers and landowners.

They will also be prepared to discuss herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection, impacts on crop yields and soil health and more.

Reservations are requested to ensure adequate space and food by calling (515) 294-5429.

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