Cover crops, farm transfer and pollinators will be highlighted at Practical Farmers of Iowa field day – July 17, near Gilmore City – RSVPs requested

For Release: July 2, 2014

GILMORE CITY, Iowa — At the farm of Bob and Linda Lynch, cover crops are a common sight on their corn and soybean land. They also practice strip-till and no-till on all their acres as part of an effort to protect the soil.

The Lynch family welcomes everyone to their farm to learn about their experiences with cover crops, different tillage practices, farm transition and more at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day they are hosting on Thursday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Gilmore City. The farm is located at 809 SE D Ave., on the east edge of town. The event – “Farming Across Generations” – is free and open to anyone, and will include a light lunch.

RSVPs are requested for the meal. Please reply to Lauren Zastrow at [email protected] or (515) 232-5661 or by Monday, July 14. The field day is sponsored by Humboldt County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Attendees will get to hear about the Lynch family’s soil management practices with cover crops, strip-till and no-till; their experiences with farm transfer to the next generation; and resolving landlord-tenant issues. In addition, the Lynches will talk about pollinator issues and their experience with non-neonicotinoid-treated soybeans, which they planted as part of an on-going on-farm research project through Practical Farmers of Iowa. Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist with Iowa State University, will be on hand to offer insights during this portion of the field day.

Bob says he is particularly excited to talk about his experiences working with cover crops. “The process is really interesting. The cover crop was knee-high or better when I planted into soybeans, and now it’s back to where it’s all in the ground and the beans are growing through it,” he says. “It’s amazing how soybeans can grow through that tall of a cover crop and still look good. I’m interested in seeing which will be better – where we terminated rye earlier, or where we let it go longer.”

Bob and Linda operate a family-owned Century Farm, with two generations working together, farming about 1,000 acres with 800 acres rented. After 20-plus years of ridge-till, the family now practices no-till and strip-till on all land. They are working to protect the soil for future generations and have just started using cover crops in an effort to help control erosion in the future.

Directions: The Lynch farm is located 1 miles east of Gilmore City. From Iowa Route 3 in Gilmore City, head east and turn right on Birch Avenue for one-quarter mile, then turn right (west) toward town for about one-half mile. The farm is on the north side of the road.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2014 field day season features 35 field days around Iowa. All field days are open to the public, and most are free to attend. The guide is available on Practical Farmers’ website, or contact the PFI office at (515) 232-5661 to request a printed copy.

Practical Farmers’ 2014 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; BlueStem Organic Feed Mill; Calcium Products; Center for Rural Affairs; Featherman Equipment Company; Gateway Market and Café; Grain Millers, Inc.; Grassland Oregon; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa Farm Service Agency (USDA); Iowa Farmers Union; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (ICASH); ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture; Klinkenborg Aerial Spraying and Seeding, Inc.; La Cross Seed – Soil First; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Midwest Insurance Corporation; MOSA Organic Certification; Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); National Wildlife Federation; Organic Valley – Organic Prairie – CROPP Cooperative; The Nature Conservancy in Iowa; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; and Welter Seed and Honey Company.

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Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call (515) 232-5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.

Contact:

Bob and Linda Lynch | (515) 368-6786 | [email protected]

Tamsyn Jones | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]