Person: .Jon Bakehouse
In Iowa corn-soybean production systems, cover crops are typically aerially seeded into standing crops around the time of physiological maturity or drilled immediately following corn or soybean harvest. Previous on-farm research conducted by Jack Boyer has shown that seeding cover crops earlier in the fall can translate to greater fall and spring biomass. This may present […]
August 23, 2017
Seeding cover crops earlier in the
fall can translate to greater fall and
spring biomass and may present the
opportunity for more diverse cover
crop species selection.
• Early maturing varieties of corn (104-
105-day) and soybean (1.0 group) were
grown in southwest Iowa in an attempt
to harvest earlier in the fall and seed
cover crops earlier in the fall.
• Planting early maturing varieties of
corn and soybean generally did not
result in yield drag compared to the
late maturing varieties typically grown
in southwest Iowa. The exception
was in 2015 when the early maturing
soybeans yielded less.
• Cover crop biomass produced tended
not to differ between the early and
late maturity corn-soybean systems.
Seeding cover crops earlier in the fall,
following the early maturing corn
and soybean varieties, proved to be a
February 23, 2017
It was a few years ago that Jon Bakehouse decided that what they were doing at Maple Edge Farm near Hastings in Mills County was not enough. “We realized that no-till corn and soybeans were doing a pretty good job at soil conservation,” Jon says. “But what good is that if we’re conserving a degraded resource?” It […]
August 4, 2016
Each year more farmers in Iowa and across the Cornbelt are trying cover crops. Many start with a cereal rye cover crop planted in the fall after corn or soybean harvest or others contract with a pilot to fly it over the standing cash crop around Labor Day. Good planter setup can be key to […]
May 17, 2016
Since 1987, the Cooperators’ Program has been Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by our members. The Cooperators’ Program is the epitome of what PFI is all about: Farmer-led investigation and information sharing. In 2015, 63 farmers took part in 35 research projects on […]
December 17, 2015
Below, PFI member Jon Bakehouse shares his recent experiences with Holistic Management, thinking differently and putting those new, different thoughts into practice. It has taken me a long time to put Holistic Management to work on our farm, but after taking a distance learning course through Holistic Management International I finally feel like I am […]
November 2, 2015
Objective: Determine if cover crops can be more successfully established following a corn and soybean varieties that mature and are harvested earlier than what would normally be planted at a location. Quantify the agronomic and economic performance of short- and normal-season corn and soybeans planted in succession. (Short-season corn is in rotation with short-season soybeans, and vice versa.)
July 6, 2015
Objective: Document all pertinent production and cost information with respect to growing a crop rotation consisting of corn-soybean-winter wheat + legume.