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Cover Crop, Soil Health and Water Quality Field Day

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Iowa Corn will host a cover crop, soil health and water quality field day near Gilmore City on Tuesday, November 16 from 12:00-2:00 p.m at the Faith United Methodist Church. The free event is open to farmers and landowners and includes a complimentary meal.

This field day aims to equip attendees with best management practices for establishing and managing cover crops to improve soil health and reduce nutrient losses. Cover crops offer many benefits to farmers and landowners, including reduced soil erosion, weed suppression potential, reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, and increased organic matter in the soil.

The field day will begin with a complimentary meal at the Faith United Methodist Church in Gilmore City. Following the meal, Dr. Matt Helmers, ISU professor Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) and Iowa Nutrient Research Center director, will share information on the water quality results from over 30 years at the drainage water quality research facility. Gentry Sorenson, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist, will discuss phosphorus and potassium recommendations along with soil sampling information and information on deficiency symptoms.

The field day will conclude with a tour with Carl Pederson, agricultural specialist with Iowa State University, of the ISU Drainage Research and Demonstration Project, owned by the Pocahontas Soil and Water Conservation District, 31325 510th St, Gilmore City, IA 50541.


November 16
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Faith United Methodist Church
111 SE 2nd St
Gilmore City, IA 50541 United States
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