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PFI Field Day: Cover Crops 101-401 and Everything In Between

Event Details

July 22, 2015 7:30 AM — July 22, 2015 1:30 PM
Location: Grundy County Fairgrounds
1308 4th St.
Grundy Center, IA 50638
Contact Name: Practical Farmers of Iowa
Email: info@practicalfarmers.org
Phone: 5152325661
Website: practicalfarmers.org

Event Description

Soil health and cover crop workshops are coming to the Grundy County fair this year. Come out for the kickoff of the fair’s Every Day Tractor Ride and learn from several experts about cover crops topics. The day starts at 7:30 a.m. with the Tri County Ag meeting. Eat breakfast and hear the grain market update from IPTV’s Market to Market host Mike Pearson and about crop leases from ISU Extension Specialist Steve Johnson. At 9am Secretary Northey will kick off the soil health workshops. Before lunchtime learn more about cover crops and: livestock usage, herbicide considerations, aerial seeding, new overseeding machinery for ground application, cover crop seed selection, and lastly how can cover crops fit best with seed corn, corn and soybean production from seven cover crop experts. End the morning with a hearty lunch to get you ready to make your fall cover crop decisions.

Topics and speakers:
•Tri County Ag meeting (7:30 a.m.). Grain Markets and Crop Leases – Steve Johnson, Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist ISU Extension and Outreach.
•Tri County Ag meeting (7:30 a.m.). Grain Markets – Mike Pearson, Host of IPTV’s Market to Market.
•Cover Crop Kickoff (9 a.m.). Watersheds and the Des Moines Water Works – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.
•Livestock Use of Cover Crops, Silage and Grazing – Fred Abels, Holland, IA and Wade Dooley Albion, IA.
•Cover Crop Seed Selection – TJ Kartes, cover crop seed consultant Albert Lea, MN.
•Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crops – Meaghan Anderson, Crop Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach.
•Seed Corn and Cover Crops – Tim Recker farmer, Arlington, IA.
•Cover crops for Conventional Corn and Soybeans – Steve Berger, farmer, Wellman, IA.
•Cover Crop Seeding Machinery, Hagie Manufacturing Clarion, IA.
•Successfully Aerial Seeding Cover Crops – Brian Berst, Klinkenborg Aerial Spraying and Seeding Service, Parkersburg, IA.
•Economics of Cover Crops – Jamie Benning, Iowa State University

The Grundy County Fairgrounds is located in Grundy Center, 4-5 blocks south of the junction of State Routes 14 and 175.

Breakfast provided at 7:30 a.m. and Lunch provided at 12:30pm. RSVPs Requested. RSVP for lunch to: Lauren Zastrow, lauren@practicalfarmers.org or (515) 232-5661 Friday, July 17.

Sponsored by: Iowa Farmers Union