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JUNE 2019 STEWARDSHIP ADVOCATE UPDATE

Posted on 06/24/2019 at 02:10 PM by Iowa Corn

monthly update from ben gleason, iowa corn sustainable programs manager

 

Unfortunately, prevented planting insurance has become a reality for many farmers across the state. This fact sheet provides some basic information on its provisions. The Risk Management Agency has recently made a change to allow haying and grazing of cover crops on prevented plant acres after September 1 (previously the rule was November 1). This also includes silage, haylage, and baleage. 

 

Cover crops can help protect prevent plant acres from erosion, weeds, and fallow syndrome.  These acres provide earlier seeding opportunities than post-harvest seeding, which will produce greater forage and other benefits. Click here for more information on what to consider when planting cover crops on prevent plant acres. Cost share is available for cover crops regardless of the previous crop.  Iowa’s Water Quality Initiative pays up to $25 per acre for first time cover crop users and $15 per acre for experienced cover croppers. Click here for more information on this program which also includes cost share opportunities for no till, strip till, and nitrification inhibitors.

 

In addition to prevent plant insurance, flooded areas may receive assistance with repairing damage.  All Iowa counties are now eligible for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, which provides options to landowners and local communities to reduce the hazards from floods, droughts, windstorms, and other natural disasters. Examples of activities eligible for funding include: removing debris, protecting eroded stream banks, repairing levees, and reseeding damaged areas.

 

Finally, several Iowa farmers from across the state are featured in this month’s “Latest Information” section below. Check out what other farmers are doing to implement conservation on their farmers at our Farmer to Farmer Conservation Insights.

                                                                                                    

Farmer to Farmer Conservation Insights showcases farmers across the state who are implementing conservation on their farms.


farmer to farmer: making the most of your most valuable asset

 

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Stu Swanson of Wright County and Doug Adams of Humboldt County discuss 4R Plus and making conservation pay.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 2: Cover Crop Field Day, Galva

July 9: Cover Crop Field Day, Corning

July 9: Pest Resistance Field Day, Logan

July 9: Native Plantings Workshop, Coon Rapids

July 10: Research Farm Field Day, Sutherland

July 10: Conservation Field Day, Slater

July 17: Water Quality Field Day, Grundy Center

July 17: Clear Creek Watershed Meeting, Coralville

July 19: North Raccoon River Watershed Meeting, Lake City

July 30: Soil Sessions, Webinar

July 31: Bioreactor Field Day, Melbourne

August 1-2: National Strip Tillage Conference, Peoria, IL

August 6: Soil Health Field Day, Buckingham

August 6: Research Farm Field Day, Chariton


 

LATEST INFORMATION:

Farmers Encouraged to Plant Monarch Butterfly Habitat  

Bioreactor Installation a Success 

Central Iowa Farmer Looks Forward to Growing Season 

Iowa Farmer Sees Benefits of Seeding into Cover Crops 

Reviving Lime Creek 

Rate of 4R Plus Practice Adoption Continues to Rise 

Planting Green 

Conservation Agriculture:  Savings, Soil, and Realities of Farming 

Iowa Corn Promotion Board Steps Up as First SHP Data Supporter 

Rotational Grazing & Cover Crops – A Match Made in Heaven 

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