The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 11, 2013

Local farmers meet to discuss cover crops

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"It's just easier to manage beans when you use cover crops," he said. "We will definitely continue to use them."

The Field Day was designed to further educate the farmers in the area and to encourage them to look into using cover crops. It gave them a chance to not only hear from the people doing the science, but from their peers who have used this method and have seen positive outcomes.

"Not only are they hearing from us, but they are talking with each other and having a really good discussion," Jamie Benning, from the Iowa State Extension, said. "It's all about their experiences and local knowledge."

Others interested in learning about cover crops and the positives that come from them are encouraged to visit the Practical Farmers of Iowa website at practicalfarmers.org or call 515-232-5661.

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