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Learn about the numerous conservation measures at Maple Edge Farm, from diverse crop rotations to cover crops to management-intensive grazing. Jon Bakehouse will discuss practical crop rotations to successfully implement cover crops, and attendees will get to view a soil pit and discuss soil health issues. Topics include early-maturing corn and soybeans, cover crops, management-intensive grazing (MiG), soil health in crop rotations other than corn-soybeans, and soil pit viewing and discussion. Lunch will be served.
About the Farm: Maple Edge Farm is a family farm, farmsteaded in the 1880s by Jon's great-great grandfather and his brother. Currently, Jon and his father manage all of the farm's acres. The farm's main crops have been corn and soybeans, some alfalfa and a small cow-calf operation, but Jon says they have begun to accept the limitations of this system. In 1998 the farm started no-tilling to start addressing soil health issues, and Jon and his father are now investigating cover crops as a way to continue conserving and ultimately regenerating the land.
Directions: Maple Edge Farm is located on County Road M16 in Mills County (which is also 370th Street). From Iowa Route 92, head south on Co Rd. M16 / 370th Street. The road will transition from pavement to asphalt after 5 miles. After another
4.5 miles, the road crosses a green bridge over the West Nishnabotna River and then goes through an “S” curve; the farm is the third house on the left (east) side of the road after the "S" curve. From U.S. 34, head north on Co Rd. M16 / 370th Street. Maple Edge Farm is the second house on the right (east) side of the road.
News release about this event [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.