Free Workshops on Cover Crops And Other Hot Topics At 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show

Des Moines, Iowa – January 14, 2014: Cover crops are a hot topic in the farming community, and the discussion will take center stage at the 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show during a series of free workshops designed to educate farmers, Certified Crop Advisers, farm managers and landowners about the ins and outs of cover crops.

“We continue to see great interest from farmers in adding cover crops to their farming operation,” said Iowa Secretary of State Bill Northey, who will be speaking at the workshops on Jan. 29. Northey, who seeded cover crops on his farm last fall, added that, “Cover crops can help farmers manage nutrients, reduce soil erosion and enhance water quality.”

Cover crops are an important tool in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, which farmers are implementing throughout the state. The growing popularity has farmers seeking advice about how to choose, seed and terminate cover crops. These subjects and more will be covered during five “core” overview sessions and three “in-depth” sessions at the 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show, which runs Jan. 28-30 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

The five core overview sessions include: How cover crops reduce erosion, manage nutrients and improve profitability; choosing the best cover crops for corn, soybeans and livestock; five popular seeding methods; how and when to terminate cover crops; and making cover crops work with livestock.

The four in-depth overview sessions include: Aerial application; high-clearance seeding into standing corn and soybeans; troubleshooting; and the pros and cons of three popular cover crops.

A total of 45 one-hour sessions will be offered over the three days of workshops. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. Seating is on a “first come, first-served” basis. For a complete list of workshops and additional show information, please visit www.iowapowershow.com.

The 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show takes place January 28-30 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. General admission is $6 and children under 14 are admitted free.

The Iowa Power Farming Show is owned and managed by the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, representing over 400 agricultural and outdoor power equipment dealers throughout Iowa and Nebraska.

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