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2021 August Stewardship Advocate

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. 

Family winning the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award 

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. 


Latest Information 

Leaching a Concern If and When Drought Lets Up   

Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Modernizes Reporting by Using an Online Dashboard   

NCBA Announces Climate Neutrality Goal for Cattle Industry by 2040 

What to Ask About Carbon Market Programs   

New App from Practical Farmers of Iowa Helps with Cover Crops   

Cover Crop Decision Tool Available for Midwest Farmers   

Larger-than-Average Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Measured    

Soil Pits:  Can You Dig It?   

Maintaining a Long-Term View During a Difficult Growing Season   

Field Day Promotes Conservation to Landowners   


Upcoming Events 

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 


Farmer to Farmer video 

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!

 

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