Liz Juchems–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Indian Creek Soil Health Partnership, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISU), and Linn County, will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, August 14th, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Marion Airport. The event is free, open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal.
The field day will feature several topics and speakers. Linn County farmer Jason Russell will share experiences with cover crops and how to successfully integrate them into the farming operation. Rebecca Vittetoe, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist, will share tips on cover crop establishment and integrating cover crops into an operation, as well as considerations for grazing cover crops. John Thompson, of Thompson Aero, will be on hand with one of his planes to discuss aerial seeding of cover crops.
There also will be a drill on site for those interested in drilling cover crops. Emery Davis, Indian Creek Soil Health coordinator, will highlight the partnership and offer opportunities to get involved. The Conservation Station rainfall simulator will provide a demonstration of the impact that different land management choices, including cover crops, have on infiltration and water quality.
Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits including reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion. To take advantage of the benefits cover crops can provide, now is the time to start planning for fall seeding of cover crops.
The field day will be held at the Marion Airport, 1690 Marion Airport Road, Marion. The event is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food, sponsored by Linn Co-op. Please RSVP to Emery Davis at (319)-377-5960, ext. 3 or [email protected]
Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops as well as the Indian Creek Soil Health Partnership are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Indian Creek Watershed drains ninety-three square miles of agricultural land and suburban and urban development within Linn County. Portions of Alburnett, Robins, Hiawatha, and Cedar Rapids, and nearly all of the City of Marion are located in the watershed. To learn more visit www.indiancreekwma.org.