Integrated Crop Management

Workshop in using living mulch systems for grain crop production

Incorporation of perennial legumes and cover crops into our row cropping systems and reduction of tillage will reduce soil erosion and concurrent loss of phosphorous and nitrogen to the surface water. Kura clover (Trifolium ambiguum) is a relatively new forage legume in North America that can be used in a living mulch system. It has an excellent forage yield and is persistent under a wide range of soil and climatic environments. Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Integrated Farm/Livestock Management Demonstration Program, with the assistance of Iowa State University Extension, are currently funding a large on-farm demonstration project in northeast Iowa on educating growers about kura clover living mulch systems for grain crop production.

No-tillage corn with living mulch

No-tillage corn in a kura clover living mulch system (Ken Albrecht, University of Wisconsin)

A one-day workshop will be held on this topic on January 26, 2005, at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. To register for this event or for more information, visit the Agribusiness Education Program Web site [1]. The fee for this workshop is $25, which includes lunch. Registrations will not be accepted at the door. The final day for registration is January 21, 2005. Questions regarding registration should be sent to [2] or call (515) 294-6429.

This workshop will feature four speakers.

For Certified Crop Advisers (CCA), this workshop is an excellent opportunity to obtain additional continuing education credits. The following CCA credits have been applied for: 2.5 crop management and 1.5 soil and water management.

This article originally appeared on page 138 of the IC-492(23) -- December 6, 2004 issue.

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