AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Dry Run Creek Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, Nov. 17. The 12-2 p.m. field day near Cedar Falls is free and open to the public. It includes a complimentary lunch.
Attendees will hear from Black Hawk County farmer Ted Hamer and landowner John Miller about working together to protect the soil though the use of cover crops, strip-till corn and no-till soybeans. Since 1983, Hamer has been using conservation tillage to help reduce input costs in his operation. For the last three years, Hamer has seeded a variety of cover crops on 120 acres, including cereal rye, radish, hairy vetch and rapeseed. Field day attendees will have the opportunity to visit the nearby field seeded with winter wheat this fall.
Also speaking at the field day is Justin Meissen with Tallgrass Prairie Center who is working with Hamer and Miller to add a prairie strip next spring. He will discuss the process of incorporating prairie into row crop production. Stefan Gailans of Practical Farmers of Iowa will share on-farm cover crop research updates and recommendations. Dry Run Creek Watershed Coordinator Josh Balk will provide a project update and upcoming opportunities to participate.
The field day will begin with lunch at Barn Happy, 11310 University Ave, Cedar Falls. From Highway 20, take Exit 220 toward Cedar Falls. Turn north onto Grundy Road for 1 mile and keep right to continue on University Ave for 2.3 miles. The destination will be on the north side of the road. Weather permitting, the program will take place in the nearby cover crop field.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.