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Spring Field Day to Discuss Increasing Use of Cover Crops

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 6:22 am
Author: Justin Rottger - KCII News

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The Iowa State University Extension will be educating area farmers about ways of farming that can help them year round.  The Extension’s annual spring field day will present farmers with information and education about how to use cover crops effectively.  ISU Field Agronomist Jim Fawcett says cover crops are planted in the fall and spring to keep soil healthy and productive year round, and can be good for fields through the rest of the year.  He says rye is one popular cover crop because it grows well in the fall and spring, and provides good root growth, which helps soil conservation.

The field day will be held June 15th at the ISU Southeast Iowa Research farm near Crawfordsville, with tours beginning at 1:00 p.m.  There is also an opportunity for growers to obtain more Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits that morning.  That session begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes lunch.

The fee for the whole day’s event is $50, and the afternoon field day itself costs $25.  To register, call the Johnson County Extension office by June 13th.