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Cover Crops, Cattle and Conservation Projects Supporting Biodiversity
Saturday, July 30 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hosts: John & Cindi Van Horn, Jane & Doug Cunningham and Robert & Mary Van Horn
Van Horn Farms | (712) 830-2821
Van Horn Farms is a mosaic of farmland consisting of row crops with cover crops, pastures, butterfly habitat, quail buffers and a 140-acre wetland. John manages the overall operation, while his sister, Jane, and her husband, Doug, serve important roles.
In July, John will interseed annual ryegrass and cereal rye into his standing corn and soybeans using his custom cover crop air seeder. His aims are to grow fall forage for his 100-head of cattle and to help with weed control. Join us to tour his complex network of working lands and discuss his current on-farm research trials.
See & Discuss:
- Cover crops and cattle integration
- Soil health
- Wetlands and wildlife habitat
- An on-farm research trial looking at interseeding cover crops
- An on-farm research trial looking at reducing nitrogen application by 50 pounds per acre
Meal Information: Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and catered by the Lidderdale Country Store. Stay after lunch for a tour of Robert’s big-game trophy room.