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Learn about Cover Crops at Field Day April 1

March 26, 2013

“Farmers have been hearing about using cover crops for years, but it’s not a widely used practice in many places,” said Parker Merritt, a Dordt College junior from Mason City, Iowa. He and research partner Michael Gallagher, a Dordt College senior from Hornick, Iowa, will be hosting a free Cover Crop Field Day on the northwest corner of the Agriculture Stewardship Center (intersection of B30 and Hwy 75) on Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided.

Merritt and Gallagher will discuss this agriculture senior directed study project that was completed by studying and working with cover crop at the college’s Agriculture Stewardship Center. “We’ll share the research we’ve done, and we’ll show farmers how they can implement a cover crop on their farming operation,” said Gallagher. 

The field day also includes presentations from local farmers and educators. Agriculture and Biosystems Engineer Matt Helmers of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will discuss cover crops and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Cherokee County Farmer Nathan Anderson will share his experiences using cover crops for soil health and grazing. Sioux County Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Greg Marek will provide information on cost-share opportunities. Additional area agronomists and applicators will discuss cover crop seed purchasing, application, and establishment.

Dordt College is one of only a handful of Christian colleges in North America to offer a four-year agriculture program. To learn more about the program, visit

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