Field day will explore grazing cover crops – March 28, near Albion
For Release: March 14, 2017
Meghan Filbert | Livestock Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]
Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]
ALBION, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa – in partnership with Land Stewardship Project, The Pasture Project and Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota – will host a cover crop grazing field day on Tuesday, March 28, from noon to 3 p.m., near Albion (2110 Stanley Mill Rd.), at the farm of Wade Dooley.
The field day is free to attend and will start with lunch, supplied by Wade, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP for the meal to Alisha Bower, [email protected] or (515) 232-5661, by Friday, March 24.
The event is part of Practical Farmers’ 2017 spring cover crop “caravan” field day series, which features events at locations across Iowa exploring cover crop issues in grazing and row crop systems.
Wade and his parents operate Glenwood Century Farm, where they have an 80-head cow-calf operation and raise corn, soybeans and hay, as well as popcorn, watermelon and squash. The 1,200-acre farm is situated along the Iowa River and includes bottomlands and uplands, as well as pasture.
After lunch, guests will head to the field to see Wade’s cows and calves grazing a six-species cover crop mix planted in autumn 2016.
Wade will discuss cover crop planting and grazing strategies, cover crops as a nutritional forage source, soil health benefits he has seen from using multiple species of cover crops and growing rye for seed. Dr. Allen Williams, a grazing and soil health consultant, will also speak during the field day.
Wade is also participating in Practical Farmers’ on-farm research Cooperators’ Program, studying the effects on soil health of planting cover crops into a crop field and then grazing the cover crops. Attendees will get to see and compare a field planted with cover crops to a control field without cover crops.
Directions: From Albion, go north on IA Hwy 330 for one-quarter mile. Turn left (west) onto County Road S75 / 160th Street. Continue west on 160th Street, which becomes a gravel road, for 1.5 miles until the T-intersection.
Turn left onto Lafayette Avenue and go 1 mile. The road turns east onto Stanley Mill Road; continue for 300 feet. Look for a Morton building on the south side of the road and a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day sign.
Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 spring cover crop field days are supported by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Iowa State University Extension; Land Stewardship Project; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota; The Pasture Project; and Unilever.
Practical Farmers of Iowa strengthens farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information-sharing. Our values include: welcoming everyone; creativity, collaboration and community; viable farms now and for future generations; and stewardship and ecology. Founded in 1985, farmers in our network raise corn, soybeans, livestock, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. To learn more, visit http://practicalfarmers.org.