Published Mar 6, 2019

Spring cover crop field day series starts March 26, runs through June

By Tamsyn Jones


Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 |

AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa has planned a series of spring field days focused on cover crops and how they can be used in crop and livestock systems. The series starts on March 26 in Fort Dodge and runs through June, with events planned for locations across Iowa.

Farmers and community members are invited to learn about a variety of cover crop issues, from varieties and planting strategies to equipment, grazing and harvest options, as well as various practices farmers use to maximize the financial return from cover crops.

All field days in the series run from 4 to 7 p.m., and are free and open to everyone. Some events involve two locations, but each starts in the field and concludes with a complimentary meal. RSVPs are requested for the meal, and can be submitted online.

To RSVP, please visit the events page on PFI’s website, find the specific field day of interest and use the online form for that event. Full details about each field day are available at the same link.

Events in the 2019 spring cover crop field day series include:

  • March 26Fort Dodge – Hosted by Brent Larson – RSVP by March 22 – Full details here

Location: Best Western Starlite Village (1518 3rd Ave NW)

  • March 27 Prairie City – Hosted by Will Cannon – RSVP by March 22 – Full details here

Location: 8718 W 109th St. South

  • April 2 Osage – Hosted by Wayne Fredericks – RSVP by March 29 – Full details here

Location #1: The field located less than 0.5 mile west of Hickory Avenue on the north side of IA Hwy 9

Location #2: 1700 350th St. near Osage

  • April 3 Orange City – Hosted by Jon Kiel – RSVP by March 29 – Full details here

Location #1: 4449 Hickory Ave.

Location #2: Sioux County Archery Club at Sandy Hollow Recreation Area (3413 400th St.)

  • April 4 Epworth – Hosted by Nick Smith – RSVP by April 1 – Full details here

Location #1: 26129 Tivoli Lane

Location #2: Reception hall in Bankston

  • June 4 La Porte City – Hosted by Terry Ward – RSVP by May 31 – Full details here

Location #1: 14233 Kline Road

Location #2: La Porte City Community Center (300 1st St.)

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2019 spring cover crop field days are supported by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality; Pepsi; Unilever; and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service under award number NR186114XXXXG002.


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