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Community discussion on cover crops, water quality set in Kalona

May 09, 2017

KALONA – A free public talk on the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 16 at the Kalona Public Library.

Featured speakers will be Wellman farmer Steve Berger, known across Iowa for his experience and leadership with cover cropping and no-till, and Fairfield farmer/soil scientist Francis Thicke.

Farmers and community members from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Issues regarding water pollution will be discussed, and audience questions and participation is welcomed.

Berger believes that no-till farming and cover crops go hand in hand; both are a part of conservation practices the state is urging farmers to adopt to help improve Iowa’s water quality. He will describe his very successful experience with extensive use of cover crops. He will explain what he’s tried that works and what didn’t work; what works in wet years, in dry years, and how his soil has benefited.

Thicke will present a brief overview of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. He will review parts of it that are often misunderstood.

Berger and Thicke also will moderate a community discussion on how to understand and use cover crops to benefit both crop yield and to reduce run-off.

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