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The day will start with field walks and evaluating two of the Carbaugh's pastures--one an older pasture they are renovating and the other a piece of crop ground being converted to pasture. Along with experienced graziers Ron Dunphy and Paul Ackley, the group will evaluate the pastures and discuss other possible forage options, fencing ideas, and general management. Topics include pasture walk and pasture management, old pasture evaluation and renovation, and new pasture--conversation from crop ground and plans for the future.
Lunch will be served after the pasture walk. Please RSVP for the meal to Lauren Zastrow by Wednesday, June 25.
About the Farm: David Carbaugh and his wife Leslie are rebuilding his grandfather's farm in southeast Iowa, converting land slowly out of crop production into pastures for grazing sheep, poultry, and cattle.
Directions: From Red Oak, take Iowa Route 48 south for about 6.5 miles. Turn right (west) onto 270th Street/Coburg Hwy, drive about 4 miles, and turn right (north) onto D Avenue. In 1 mile, on the west side of the road, will be a house with a large white corn crib and two metal sheds; this is David's parents' house. Continue over the hill to David and Leslie's acreage (no house yet).
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.