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Field day will explore grazing cover crops

By Staff | Apr 9, 2017

LAKE CITY – Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a cover crop grazing field day from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, 1635 365th St., a few miles west of Lake City, at the farm of Mark Schleisman.

Schleisman farms more than 2,000 acres at M & M Farms, a diversified family farm that includes corn, soybeans, popcorn, popcorn-field-corn hybrid seed, hogs and a cow-calf operation. The family uses cover crops on at least 1,000 acres.

The event, “Grazing Cover Crops,” is free to attend and will start with lunch, supplied by Schleisman. RSVP is requested by contacting Alisha Bower, at (515) 232-5661.

The event is part of PFI’s 2017 spring cover crop “caravan” field day series, which features events at locations across Iowa exploring cover crop issues in grazing and row crop systems.

After lunch, guests will head to the field to see Schleisman’s cows and calves grazing a mix of diverse cover crops planted in late summer 2016.

Schleisman will also share his experience with planting and grazing strategies; cover crops as a nutritional forage source; how he deals with compaction from cattle; and the economic benefits of grazing covers.

“In addition to the soil benefits, grazing cover crops has been a valuable source of fall, winter and spring cow feed,” said Schleisman.

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