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Grundy Soil & Water workshop

June 18, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

The Grundy Soil & Water Conservation District is planning another workshop on Wednesday, July 20th at the Grundy County Fairgrounds. This workshop will start at 9 a.m. following the Tri-County Marketing Club meeting with ISU Economist Steve Johnson which starts at 7:30 a.m. These two meetings are being held during the Grundy County Fair, so there's more to see and enjoy at the fair.

This year, the Grundy SWCD would like to inform producers and landowners of different ways of incorporating cover crops into your farming operation. We have four very good speakers lined up that have tried different methods of cover crops on their own farming operation and what works for them.

Chris Teachout is a 25 year no-tiller from Fremont County Iowa. His use of covers started back in the mid 80's with aerial seeded cereal rye. He's currently trying to incorporate more diverse covers at different times of the year. Understanding the biology of the soil is one of his top goals for soil health.

Denny Winterboer grew up on a farm north of Everly, Iowa during the 50's and 60's and received a two year degree from Iowa State University in Farm Operations. He has been farming for 45 years South of Milford and North of Everly, Iowa. He developed a food grade export market, direct to the Japanese market, starting in 1983 along with an on farm retail horse-feed business, seed cleaning service, cattle feeding and currently developing a Ambient Temperature Extraction process on grains. Paying it forward to help fellow farms understand soil health has been his passion for the past 5 years. Learning from our mistakes is probably the most important lessons we learn. In the 45 years of farming he's gone from plowing it black to chisel plowing and then to zone tilling the soils for the past 14 years. He has figured out how valuable the zone tillage (till only where you plant the seed) was to the soil health. Finding ways to MEASURE what his practice has done was most important. Who would guess the less you do the more you get. MEASURE IT SO YOU CAN MANAGE IT.

Loren Steinlage is a farmer from Fayette County, Iowa. He has been referred to as an innovator and "Better Mouse Trap" kinda of guy.... But in reality, he's just trying to survive farming in an ecologically sound and sustainable matter. Currently, factory built usually doesn't quite fit his he likes to bend, build & break stuff to suit his needs...but, in the long run, he likes to let his actions speak louder then his words while focusing on what really matters in life, family, friends and the local community.

Doug Peterson has been an NRCS employee for over 29 years. He started his career as a Soil Scientist. He has been a District Conservationist in both a grassland based county in south Missouri and a large cropland county in north Missouri. He has also been a State Grassland Conservationist and a State Soil Health Specialist. Currently he is a Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa teaching NRCS staff and producers around the Midwest about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it will take to effectively improve our soils health, function and productivity. He attended college at Missouri Western State University graduating in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Economics and Agronomy. He grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Newtown in north Missouri. Today he continues to operate a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father, Steve. Currently they run about 350 cows. They utilize management-intensive grazing and holistic high density grazing to improve soil health, eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer and limit hay needs to about one bale per cow per winter. Doug's NRCS training coupled with his real world hands on experience make him a unique speaker that is relatable to both agency personnel and producers.

The speakers will be available to answer any questions at the end of the workshop. We will also have soil nitrate testing available. Producers are asked to bring 2 cups of soil before the workshop begins. Alan Wedemeyer, NRCS Area Soil Scientist will be available to test nitrates in your soil samples and give you the results following the workshop.

A meal will be served to all attendees following the workshop. Please RSVP to Denise Freeseman, Conservation Assistant, at so we know how many to serve for the meal. Deadline to RSVP is July 11, 2017.



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