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Iowa learning farms host cover crop field day near Holland

November 10, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

AMES, IOWA-Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Fred Abels' farm near Holland, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 12-3 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Speakers include host Fred Abels, who is incorporating cover crops on his farm for cattle grazing as well as soil health. Practical Farmers of Iowa livestock coordinator Margaret Dunn and Abels will answer questions regarding grazing livestock on cover crops and broader ways to incorporate livestock and cover crops together. Kathy Kucera, crop insurance agent with Mid-Iowa Cooperative, will talk about the new USDA-RMA guidelines. Weather permitting, Abels will guide a tour of the cover crop grazing areas on his farm.

Guests may arrive at noon for a free chili lunch prior to the field day program beginning at 1 p.m. The Fred Abels farm is located at 20902 J Ave, Holland, Iowa. From Holland, go two miles west on D-35 and a half-mile south on J Ave.

Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call (515) 232-5661 or visit



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