Cover Crops

In the past few years, Western Iowa has had above-average growth of cover crop acreage compared to the rest of the state. (

(Lenox) -- Area farmers and producers have the chance to attend a cover crop workshop in Lenox later this month.

The Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a One Stop Cover Crop Shop event at the Lenox Community Center on June 19th. Project Coordinator Erin Ogle tells KMA News the workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with several seminars taking place.

"We will have local vendors, seed vendors, applicators, state cost share specialists and agronomists all in one location," Ogle said. "If producers who have used cover crops before have questions, or someone interested who has questions about getting started, all questions can be answered in one location."

Ogle says a wide range of topics will be covered.

"People come in wanting to know about grazing and if they can graze cover crops. The answer is absolutely yes," Ogle said. "If you have livestock, grazing cover crops may be an option for you. We will have some specialists there to answer those questions. As far as rates or dates, and what species to use and when to plant, we'll also answer those."

Ogle adds farmers will be able to speak one-on-one with experts in the Ag industry. A free lunch will be catered by the Tiger Den restaurant at the event.

"It will be a complimentary lunch from 11 to 1," Ogle said. "We encourage anyone to stop in. I know it will be a busy time with a dry spell. If you're haying or getting the crops in, feel free to stop by for lunch."

The Lenox Community Center is located at 210 East Dallas Street. For more information, contact Ogle at (712) 523-2118, extension 305. Ogle was a recent guest on KMA's "Dean & Friends" program.