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Cover crop use in beef herds field days set

By Staff | Mar 28, 2017

AMES – Producers can attend one or both upcoming ‘Successful Cover Crop Use in Beef Production’ field days scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and noon starts on April 11 in northwest Iowa.

“There will be two field days in two locations in one day,” said Erika Lundy, beef program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension. “The morning session will focus on using stocker cattle to graze cereal rye, and the afternoon program will look at using cover crops for cow-calf grazing.

Both programs offer benefits to beef producers and will outline some best management practices.”

The morning event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the ISU Allee Demonstration Farm, 2006 240th Street, Newell. Featured speakers include ISU Extension agronomy field specialists, Joel DeJong and Mike Witt, as well as beef field specialist, Beth Doran.

Rebecca Vittetoe, an ISU Extension agronomy field specialist, said, “In addition to the grazing focus, we will also discuss cover crop termination and management going into corn.”

Mark Hanna, an ISU Extension agricultural engineer, will also talk about planter settings and managing row crops being planted into cover crops.”

Michael Henderson, Area 1 agronomist with Natural Resources Conservation Service will also be discussing cost share options and crop insurance considerations when integrating cover crops into a row crop system.

Following the Allee field day, producers are invited to travel to the Mark Schleisman farm, 1635 365th St., Lake City, for a complimentary lunch and the afternoon field day from noon to 3 p.m.

The afternoon portion will focus on cover crop planting and grazing strategies for cow-calf production; cover crop economics; herbicide considerations for grazing and establishing cover crops; and soil compaction.

There is no cost for either field day due to the sponsorship of ISU Extension, the Iowa Beef Center, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Practical Farmers of Iowa; however, individuals are asked to RSVP to Alisha Bower at (515) 232-5661.

For more information, visit the Iowa Beef Center website at www.iowabeefcenter.org.

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