Prairie Rivers of Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative, will host a field day on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LongView Farms in Nevada, Iowa (20965 650th Ave.).
This field day, sponsored by Prairie Rivers of Iowa and the Iowa Seed Association’s Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative, among others, will focus on the use of cover crop conservation practices, as well as the impact cover crops have on water quality. The event is free and open to the public, and will include a complimentary lunch for attendees. Those interested in attending the field day should RSVP to Shannon Moeller, Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops initiative coordinator, at 641-861-2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the event, attendees will learn about local farmers’, operators’ and seed corn growers’ experiences using cover crops, including a Q&A session for further conservation practice discussion. A Hagie interseeding demonstration in standing corn will also allow attendees to see the implementation of cover crops in person. Local cover crop and soil health providers will share photos and information as well, and attendees will have the chance to win some cover crop seed.
“This field day, like others, is a great way for attendees to get information directly from the cover crop experts in the area — those experts being agronomists, service providers and other farmers,” said Kayla Hasper, watershed coordinator at Prairie Rivers of Iowa. “We are excited to provide a possible cover crop application demonstration at this event – something that you will not be able to see everyday!”
Guest speakers will include Scott Henry with LongView Farms, Mark Johnson with Iowa State University’s agronomy department and Bill Frederick with the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative. More speakers are currently being confirmed for the Aug. 15 field day.
Appropriate clothing and sunscreen are encouraged, as the event takes place rain or shine. Bottled water and a free lunch will be provided by event sponsors.
“We are excited to partner with the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative to host the event in Nevada,” Hasper said. “This event will be beneficial for both farmers and landowners, as well as community members, to attend and learn about cover crops and their soil health and water quality benefits in Iowa.”