Transition to Organic With Diversity to Improve Soil Balance

Wednesday, August 14 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Remsen, IA

In partnership with University of Northern Iowa

P 20180622 180332 robert alexanderTour two on-farm research trials: planting corn in 60-inch row-widths for cover crops, and grazing sheep and spring-seeded cereal rye ahead of soybeans for weed control. You’ll will get to view equipment used for field preparation and organic crop. We will also discuss rotationally grazing sheep and cattle and how to make compost tea, and you’ll have a chance to see a first-year elderberry planting.

HOST: Robert Alexander | 360 Heritage Farms | (515) 480-5424 | alexander@premieronline.net

SPEAKER: Dennis Von Arb – Nutritional Ag

THE FARM:

Robert manages the family farm with help from his wife, April, and mother, Marilyn. The 160-acre diversified, organic farm will be a century farm in 2020. Robert grows corn, soybeans, hay and pasture. He also raises Belted Galloway cows and Dorper hair sheep, all grass-fed.

TOPICS:

  • Corn planted in 60-inch row-widths for interseeding cover crops
  • Spring-seeded cereal rye cover crop
  • Crop diversification and integrating livestock
  • Soil heath: feeding the plant to feed soil life

SPONSORS:

LOCATION: 5086 Lily Ave. Remsen 51050

DIRECTIONS:

From Remsen: At the junction of IA Hwy 3 and County Road L14 just east of town, go north on Co Rd L14 for 7 miles to 100th Street / 510th Street and turn right (east). Go 2 miles to Lily Avenue and turn left (north); the farm will be on the right (east) side of the road in 0.25 mile.

From Granville: At the junction of IA Hwy 10 and Marsh Avenue / Co Rd L22, go south on Marsh Avenue / Co Rd L22 for 5 miles to 100th Street / 510th Street and turn right (west). Go 2 miles to Lily Avenue and turn right (north); the farm will be on the right (east) side of the road in 0.25 mile.

MEAL INFORMATION:

An organically raised and homemade meal will be provided. Please RSVP by clicking the blue button below. 

We take RSVP numbers to get an idea of the amount of food that we need to provide for the event. If you RSVP after the deadline but before the event, you are still welcome, but we cannot guarantee a meal.

RSVP by August 9


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