Upcoming Events: June 15-18
Martens Farm Field Day | June 15 | 2-5 p.m.
Learn strategies to protect water quality at Martens farm field day near Winterset. The Martens are in their fourth year using a nitrate removal wetland, and invite farmers and the public to learn more about how it works at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day they are hosting on Monday, June 15, from 2-5 p.m., near Winterset.
The event – “Multiple Benefits from Wetlands, Prairies and Cover Crops” – is free to attend, and will also highlight other strategies Frederick and his father are using to protect water quality, which include using cover crops and building terraces. The farm is located at 1218 U.S. 169, about 4 miles south of De Soto or 9 miles north of Winterset (look for a big, red barn on the east side of the highway).
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Pasture Walks | June 16-18
Tuesday, June 16 – Eric Smith farm, 2417 348th St., Decorah, with meal at the farm
Wednesday, June 17 – Marty Green farm, 2440 180th St., Delmar, with meal at Buzzy’s in Welton
Thursday, June 18 – Dan Hanrahan farm, near Prole (from Bevington 1.5 miles north on Warren Ave., west 1 mile on 190th Ave., and north 1.25 miles on Woodwind Trail; pasture is on the east side of the road). Meal will be at SP Genetics, 3331 Hwy. 92, Prole.
There is no cost to attend, but producers are asked to RSVP to the ICA office by calling 515-296-2266 so meals can be planned for appropriately.
Rotations: Organic and Conventional Grains and Cattle Grazing | June 17 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pizza provided, RSVPs required for meal
George and Steve will show attendees how they use a rye cover crop, how oats are used in their organic rotation and how their rotational grazing system is set up. Steve Berger, a farmer from nearby Wellman, will also share information, and a representative from Washington County NRCS will also speak.
- Long-term cover crop trial
- Raising oats
- Organic and conventional grain production
- Rotational grazing
RSVP to Lauren Zastrow, [email protected], (515) 232-5661 by Friday, June 12.
George and Steve Schaefer, 2475 135th St. Kalona, IA 52247, (319) 530-9560, [email protected]