Field day will explore grazing a cereal rye cover crop – Nov. 10, near Lytton

For Release: October 27, 2016

LYTTON, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa, in partnership with Iowa Learning Farms, will host a cover crop grazing field day on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., near Lytton, at the farms of two area producers, Wesley Degner and Ben Albright.

The event – “Grazing Cereal Rye in the Fall” – is free to attend and will include burgers provided by Iowa Cattleman’s Association. Please RSVP for the meal to Lauren Zastrow, or (515) 232-5661, by Monday, Nov. 7. The field day is supported by funds from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The day will start at the farm of Wesley Degner (2507 Yankee Ave., about 1.5 miles northwest of town), then move to Ben Albright’s farm (1595 230th St.) for lunch and the second half of the tour. Both Wesley and Ben raise row crops and cattle and are in their second year of grazing cover crops. They will share their experience with cover crop seeding and application; how they manage fall grazing; integrating row crops and livestock; and the benefits they are experiencing from turning cattle out into cover crop fields.

Guests will get to see cattle in action grazing a cereal rye cover crop, and a speaker from Iowa Learning Farms will discuss the practice of grazing cover crops and how it contributes to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Wesley and Ben are also participants in Practical Farmers’ on-farm research Cooperators’ Program, collecting data on the economic value of using cover crops as a forage source.

Directions: From U.S. 20, go south on Dakota Avenue / Zeller Avenue for 1.5 miles. Turn right on 250th Street and travel west for 1 mile. At the first intersection, turn left onto Yankee Avenue and follow signage to the farm.

Each autumn, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Learning Farms partner to organize a series of farmer-led events that explore fall grazing and cover crop issues. All field days are free and occur rain or shine.


Practical Farmers of Iowa strengthens farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information-sharing. Our values include: welcoming everyone; creativity, collaboration and community; viable farms now and for future generations; and stewardship and ecology. Founded in 1985, farmers in our network raise corn, soybeans, livestock, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. To learn more, visit

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit