For Release: August 29, 2014

The Cover Crop Field Day scheduled for September 15 at Stutsman, Inc., in Hills, Iowa, has been *cancelled* due to low projected attendance. The event was a joint partnership of the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District, the English River and Rapid Creek Watershed projects, and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Stay tuned to your local watershed
organizations or Soil & Water Conservation District for upcoming cover crop field day events in 2015.

The English River Watershed is joining with the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Rapid Creek Watershed Project and Practical Farmers of Iowa to host a field day on cover crop management. The event will be at Stutsman, Inc. 350 Oak Crest Hill Road, Hills, Iowa on Monday, September 15th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The field day will introduce a variety of cover crop topics, including how using covers can improve soil health, reduce erosion, and improve water quality. Cost share options, crop certification guidelines in relation to cover crops and ongoing research on implementing ‘third’ crops will be shared as well. Field plot tours of cover crops will be available, weather permitting.

Speakers include:

  • Steve Berger, Washington County farmer
  • Greg Brenneman, Iowa State University Extension
  • Steve Carson, Farm Service Agency
  • Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Wendell Jones, Natural Resources Conservation Service/Johnson Co. Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Jason Steele, Natural Resources Conservation Service

This event is free and open to the public. A complimentary dinner will be provided, but an RSVP is requested. To register for this event, go to, call Wren Almitra at the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation office, (319) 337-2322, ext. 300 or Jody Bailey of the English River Watershed at 319-241-0966. Individuals needing accommodations to attend, including transportation, should contact Jody Bailey at the number above.


Contact: Wren Almitra, Rapid Creek Watershed Project Coordinator

Phone: 319-337-2322 x300     Email: