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Setting up for Success with Cover Crops – Tw...

Setting up for Success with Cover

Crops Workshops

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative will be hosting two educational, air-conditioned meetings on August 21, 2017. “Setting up for Success with Cover Crops” will be an informative, peer-sharing event, with time set aside for an open discussion revolving around cover crops, soil health, & conservation. Both events are free and include a complimentary meal.

Steve Berger from Wellman, IA will share his experience with long-term cover crops, and Michael Vittetoe from Washington, IA will talk about some interseeding he’s been doing. Also sharing their expertise will be Rebecca Vittetoe & Virgil Schmitt, Regional Agronomists with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Mitchell Hora with Continuum Ag, Trent Stout with Stout Seed, and other local businesses that provide cover crop & soil health services.

We Recommend you RSVP to these events, please contact ISA with number of participants:
Shannon Moeller: 641/861-2280, shannondotmoeller16atgmaildotcom  (shannondotmoeller16atgmaildotcom)  

Location #1 :

St. Mary’s Parish Hall

209 Mulberry St, Tipton, IA 52772

Time:

9:00 am-1:00 pm

Location #2 :

Briggs Civic Center
317 N Water St, Wapello, IA 52653

Time:

5:00-8:00 pm

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The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative-developed by the Iowa Seed Association and Agribusiness Association of Iowa- is funded by a 3-year Water Quality Initiative (WQI) grant through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). This project offers cost-share to seed corn growers and educational efforts specifically to increase the adoption of cover crops on seed corn production acres in Iowa. In the first year (2016), 175 seed corn growers in 24 counties participated, covering about 32,000 acres.

ISA Recognizes Honorary Member at Seed Forum

Tom Tusha (Left), Mycogen Seeds, 2017 ISA President, presents the 2017 ISA Honorary Member plaque to Rick Burseh (Right), Region Manager at Wyffels Hybrids, Inc.

During the annual Seed Forum hosted by the Iowa Seed Association (ISA), the ISA board of directors recognized Rick Buresh as the 2017 ISA Honorary Member. The association annually partners with the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference (ASC) in Des Moines to provide attending members a wider range of learning and networking opportunities. The ASC is a two day conference and trade show that encompasses many facets of the ag industry, including seed. The ISA board encourages the membership to attend the forum each year as it gives a unique learning opportunity that is focused on the seed industry. The 2017 panel of speakers included: GMO Answers by Ruth MacDonald, ISU; Iowa Legislative Update by Dave Tierney, Monsanto; ASTA Update by John Latham, Latham Hi-tech Seeds; Pollinator Health by Pelle Pederson, Syngenta; it also included topics presented on the WQI Cover Crop Grant and Noxious Weeds.

2017 Seed Forum & Annual Meeting

The Iowa Seed Association Annual Meeting and Seed Forum will be held at the Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA on Wednesday, February 15 from 9 am to Noon. 

Partnering with the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference will allow ISA to once again expand the education and networking opportunities available at our Seed Forum and Annual Meeting.

The Agribusiness Showcase & Conference is about giving agribusiness professionals the opportunity to explore the innovative tools they need to grow their business, now and into the future. More than 1,000 ag professionals attended the 2017 Conference and its the nation’s largest indoor field-day was held which filled the Varied Industries Building. Through ISA’s partnership with the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference, ISA members will have the opportunity to attend a wider variety of workshops and network with all facets of the ag industry.

The Seed Forum workshops are dedicated solely to information pertinent to the seed industry.  Please pre-register before Jan 17, 2017 for a discounted price $75.  After the 17th it will be $100. Registration includes educational materials, 2 Day Admission to the Showcase Floor, admission to the All Industry Reception on Tuesday, and lunch on Wednesday.

Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative is a new project developed by the Iowa Seed Association in conjunction with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Corn, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. A $1.1M grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture under their Clean Water Initiative program will fund the project starting this growing season and running through the end of 2018.

The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative will focus on ways to help increase adoption of cover crops specifically within the seed corn production system in Iowa. The focus on seed corn is driven by the unique opportunity that seed corn provides due to the earlier harvest, thereby providing better timing opportunities for establishing cover crops in the late summer and fall after harvest. This focus is also heavily driven by the seed corn industry in Iowa, and their efforts to help promote and support the use of cover crops as part of Iowa’s Nutrient Strategy.

Primary Objectives:

  • Directly engage seed corn companies to work with their growers on adopting cover crops
  • Increase the number of seed corn growers utilizing cover crops
  • Develop and deploy new strategic partnerships with agricultural retailers to provide turn-key services for growers to assist them with cover crop implementation
  • Develop and distribute educational and informational materials primarily targeted to entry-level audiences to provide more focus on beginning cover crop user needs
  • Hold demonstration field days and grower meetings to provide information and advice designed to equip farmers with the resource support needed for successful establishment and management of cover crops

Project Details:

  • Funds will be made available exclusively to farmers that grow seed corn
  • Cost-Share (C/S) assistance is available to growers for planting cover crops on seed corn acres only.
  • Both winter and non-winter hardy cover crops are allowed.
  • C/S rate available to growers is $15/acre regardless of cover crop type.
  • Seed companies and other supporting partners can offer incentives of their own in addition to the $15/acre C/S from project funds if they desire to do so (e.g. discounts on cover crop seed or seeding services, or $/acre incentives from seed companies).

For More Information:

Call or e-mail Shawn Richmond at 515-868-0201 or shawnatagribizdotorg  (shawnatagribizdotorg)  .