Posted on September 24, 2019 at 9:19 AM by Iowa Corn
While harvest is just ramping up, there is a post-harvest opportunity for cover crop farmers to learn about the latest cover crop research in Iowa, hone your cover crop message to share with others, and take away new ideas about cover crops. The Iowa Cover Crop Boot Camp will be December 18-19 in Ames. Get on the invite list here.
Speaking of cover crops, the Iowa cover crop – crop insurance demonstration project enters its third year. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will provide $5 per acre for cover crops that will be provided to the USDA Risk Management Agency as a crop insurance premium discount. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020 for cover crops planted this summer or fall. Click here for more information.
Finally, in response to this year’s flooding in Iowa, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for conservation easements on ag land damaged by flooding. The deadline is October 18, and funding is limited. This may be a good option for land that is repeatedly damaged by flooding and maintains private ownership of your property. Click here for more information.
Ralph Lents of Adair County talks about why conservation matters on his farm and how he uses cover crops for livestock.