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Field day series to highlight benefits of cover crops

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa

Several Iowa farm organizations are partnering to discuss the benefits cover crops,  as farmers face unpredictable trade and unfavorable weather conditions.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with eight Iowa farm organization, plans to host a field day series. Liz Juchems, conservation outreach specialist for Iowa Learning Farms, provides a brief overview of the upcoming learning opportunities.

“We have a series of three cover crop field days scheduled for November 13, 14 and 15. They are going to be in Black Hawk, Pocahontas and Story County,” Juchems said. “We have a great opportunity to hear from local farmers, as well as researchers and outreach specialists from a variety of programs that are helping make these field days possible.”

The field days will focus on the benefits of cover crops, in regards to farmers’ bottom line and water quality. Iowa farmers continue to express interest in cover crops. Juchems hopes the upcoming field days will put Iowa one step closer to meeting its Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals.

“These field days are targeted to highlight the benefits of using cover crops, as well as how they can work into tight financial situation, specifically through a program with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship,” Juchems said. “We’re going to have some updates from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship on that program and ways to get enrolled, to make sure you’re taking advantage of that discount when using cover crops.”

The field day events are free and open to the public. A complimentary meal will be served at each event, and participants are encouraged to RSVP.

More information about the cover crop field days can be found on the Iowa Learning Farms website, under “News/Events.”