Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

PFI Field Day: Soil Stewardship with Cover Crops, Rotations & Grazing

Date: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Start: 10:00 am End: 1:00 pm

Location: Maple Edge Farm, 55755 370th Street, Hastings, Iowa

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

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.

Related Information

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.