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IOWA—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Jasper County
Soil & Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day on
Wednesday, November 7, from 3:00-5:00p.m. on the Gordon Wassenaar farm near Prairie City.
The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

 

Hosts for the field day are farmer Gordon Wassenaar and tenant Will Cannon. Wassenaar has
been farming for over 50 years and is using conservation practices including a cereal rye cover
crop on the 1,200 acres. Last year Wassenaar and Cannon partnered with the Jasper County
SWCD to establish a multi-species cover crop trial utilizing different seeding methods and rates.
Wassenaar and Curtis Donahue, NRCS District Conservationist will lead attendees on a tour
through the plots of various common winter hardy and winter kill cover crop species.

 

The featured speaker for the field day is Wayne Fredericks. Wayne is a member of Practical
Farmers of Iowa, uses cover crops, concentrates on improving soil health and has a bioreactor on
his farm. Weather permitting, a rainfall simulator demonstration will also be presented to
illustrate different practices, like cover crops, that can be beneficial to soil health. The field day
will conclude with a complimentary meal catered by Magg Family Catering from Prairie City.

 

The field day site is located at 8718 W 109 th St. S., Prairie City. At Prairie City, take exit 18 from
IA-163 and go south on W 109 th St (gravel road) for approximately 1 mile. The farm is located
on the east side of the road.

 

This field day is being sponsored by the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District and
the Jasper County Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Please RSVP to Misty Campbell (misty.campbell@ia.nacdnet.net) at the Jasper County NRCS
Field Office or call 641-792-4116 by Nov. 5, 2018 if you plan on attending.