Posted on 08/25/2021 at 10:14 AM by Amanda Fortman
The Iowa State Fair has wrapped up with 89 families receiving the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader awards. Congratulations to these families for their leadership and dedication to conservation. Click here for more information about the awards including nomination forms for next year’s awards.
Cover crop seeding is starting to ramp up with aerial applications underway. Soon seed corn will be harvested which is an excellent opportunity for cover crops. The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative offers $10-$20 per acre in cost share for cover crops.
Practical Farmers of Iowa offers $40 per acre in cost share for cover crops to those who sell soybeans to the central Iowa ADM supply chain and those who sell corn to the Eddyville Cargill supply chain. Contact your local soil and water conservation district for information about state and federal cost share programs for cover crops.
Finally, Iowa State University has some great resources regarding carbon markets. Recordings are available for the Conversations about Carbon webinar series and the August 11th Carbon Market webinar. Additional resources are also available at those links.
August 25 Cows & Covers Field Day, Durango
August 27 Research Farm Fall Field Day, Nashua
August 28 Grazing Cover Crops Field Day, Udell
September 1 Soil & Water Quality Field Day, Vinton
September 7 Pollinator Habitat, Virtual
September 7 Forage Field Day, Milton
September 8 Nutrient Management Field Day, Gilmore City
September 8 Research Farm Fall Field Day, Boone
September 9 Research Farm Fall Field Day, Kanawha
September 9 Research Farm Fall Field Day, Crawfordsville
September 16 Carbon Markets, Webinar
October 7 Nitrogen Rates, Webinar
October 11 Watershed Integration Conference, Dubuque
Wayne Humphreys, who farms in Louisa County, explains how he plants cover crops for his cattle to graze over the winter. Cover crops are “size neutral”, any farm can do it!