Person: George Schaefer

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Farmers reported that
in 55 of 59 site-years,
properly managed
cover crops had little to
no negative effect on
corn and soybean yield
(and actually increased
soybean yield in 7 siteyears
and corn yield in 2
site-years).

January 13, 2017 

RESEARCH REPORT

While there were
differences among
locations, there were
generally no differences
in soil health variables
between the no-cover and
cover crop treatments at
individual locations.

June 22, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

An update to our “flagship” cover crop research trial is now available: “Winter Cereal Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yield: Year 7.” This is a long-term project being conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Between 2009 and 2015, 12 cooperators have contributed to 53 site-years of on-farm research as part of this project. […]

June 7, 2016 

BLOG POST

Last June, soil samples were collected from seven PFI farms across the state to assess the effect of cover crops on soil health using the Haney Test. These farms have been involved in a long-term cover crop research trial that has been a joint effort between Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa since the […]

March 21, 2016 

BLOG POST

Benefits of a Small Grain in Organic Rotations January 26 2016January 26, 2016 View Farminar Pre-recorded George Schaefer farms in southeastern Iowa, where he uses oats in his organic crop rotation as both a grain crop and nurse crop for alfalfa and other legumes. George will discuss this rotation, and how having small grains in [...]

January 26, 2016 

FARMINAR

George and Steve Schaefer hosted a field day at their farm near Kalona on June 17. George talked about how they use rye cover crops; their organic and conventional grain operations; and their rotational cattle grazing operation. The first stop of the day was a river bottom field in the English River floodplain, where the […]

June 24, 2015 

BLOG POST

Farmers reported that in
42 of 46 trials, properly
managed cover crops had
little or no negative effect
on corn and soybean yield
(and actually increased
soybean yield in 4 trials).

May 13, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Winter Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yields – Year 3 Project timeline: 2008 – 2013 Published: March 7, 2012 Download PDF (835 kB) View Fullscreen

March 7, 2012 

RESEARCH REPORT

Grazing Cover Crops and Organic No-Till Focus of PFI Field DayFor Release: April 9, 2010 Download PDF (244 kB) View Fullscreen

April 9, 2010 

NEWS RELEASE