AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with Marshall County Farm Bureau, will host a cover crop and conservation leases workshop for women landowners on Thursday, June 7 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown. Women and men are encouraged to attend this free event that is open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.
Leading off the workshop is Allen Burt, Marshall County farmer and landowner. To protect the soil from erosion, Allen is using both no-tillage and strip-tillage on his Century Farm near Marshalltown. As an early adopter of cover crops, Allen uses oats and winter cereal rye on nearly 700 acres. He began in the 1980 planting corn immediately following the chopping of the cover crops for silage. “We just didn’t call it cover crops back then,” commented Allen.
Additional speakers include Charles Brown, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management specialist, discussing how to work with tenants to incorporate cover crops and other conservation practices. Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms conservation outreach specialist, will share the benefits and challenges of cover crops, on-farm research results and an introduction into seeding and termination. Ann Staudt, Iowa Learning Farms assistant program manager, will facilitate a discussion on the role of the earthworms as a biological indicator of soil health.
The field day will be held at the Fisher Community Center, Room B, 709 S. Center St. Marshalltown. The workshop is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Please RSVP to Marshall County Farm Bureau at 641-753-6637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319).
— Iowa Learning Farms
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