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The field day will focus on cover crop management and conservation farming practices for southwestern Iowa soils.
A farm tour will be held and David Otte, cover crop expert from Kahoka, Mo., will be the guest speaker. He will talk about managing cover crops and hold a question and answer session as well. Also speaking is Sarah Carlson with Practical Farmers of Iowa, and local Natural Resources Conservation Service staff Lori Schwalbe who will review cost-share opportunities for cover crop usage.
The field day includes a complimentary evening meal immediately after the farm tour.
Directions to the farm (meet at the field first): Take R48 (250th Ave.) south out of town two miles to 120th Street. Turn left (east) and travel ¾ mile to the field site. (The meal will be at Kauffman structures, 25186 Popcorn Road (J22), located one mile south of the field site.)
The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are sponsors for the field day.
The Leopold Center is part of Iowa Learning Farms, a partnerships between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.