Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

PFI Field Day: Three-Crop Rotations, Cover Crops & Prairie for Conservation

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Start: 12:30 pm End: 3:00 pm

Location: Start location (lunch): 3046 Harrison Avenue, Rowley, Iowa; end location (rye field): 1531 330th Street, Brandon, Iowa

Contact: Lauren Zastrow, PFI event coordinator, (515) 232-5661, lauren@practicalfarmers.org

Dick and Diana Sloan have implemented a number of conservation practices on their farm. Discussion will focus on their three-crop rotation of corn, soybeans, and winter cereal rye grown for grain with a legume cover crop grown after harvest. The program will begin at Dick and Diana's home farm near Rowley, where they have established strips of native prairie species among their cash grain crop fields. Speakers Chad Ingels of ISU Extension, Rick Bednarek of NRCS, and Mary Beth Stevenson of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition will discuss topics such as winter cereal rye for grain production, cover crops with and after rye, multi-species cover crops, growing corn after rye and and a legume cover crop, and prairie strips.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 before the program begins. Please RSVP for a meal to Lauren Zastrow by Monday, June 16.

About the Farm: Dick and Diana Sloan sustain 720 acres of no-till, family-owned cropland in the Cedar River watershed in northeastern Iowa. They produce mostly corn and soybeans with cover crops but also grow winter cereal rye for grain and praire strips for conservation.

Directions: Take I-380 to Exit 49 toward Brandon/Buchanan County. (You will exit onto County Road D48/330th Street.) Note that the farm location for the second half is on the northeast corner of the interchange. Look for the blue Harvistore silo. To get to the lunch location, from the interchange head east on D48/330th Street for 1.5 miles. The home farm is on the right (east) side of the road.

Related information

News release [PFI website]

PFI is hosting 35 field days this year that showcase diverse farming, livestock, land management, farm business and on-farm energy and conservation practices at locations across Iowa. The Leopold Center is among a number of sponsors for the 2014 field day season.

All field days are open to the public and will occur rain or shine. Most are free to attend. To request a 2014 Field Day Guide by mail, call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.

To find the guide online and an overview of this season, check out this news release on the PFI website.