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The latest iteration of PFI’s cover crop variety trial has been released: “Cover Crop Variety Trial, 2014-2015.” Cooperators evaluated 21 cover crop entries (pure stands and mixes) in small, hand-seeded plots across the state. See all the entries in the table below.

July 21, 2015 

BLOG POST

Cereal rye, oats and other cool-season,
small grains grass species have been
proven as effective cover crops in Iowa
crop production systems.
• Cooperators screened pure seedings
and mixtures of grass, legume and
brassica cover crops for ground cover
and aboveground biomass production
in small, hand-seeded plots across the
state.
KEY FINDINGS
• Cereal rye and mustard tended to produce
the most amount of fall ground
cover.
• Cereal rye and field pennycress were
the only entries to consistently overwinter
and produce spring growth.
• Field pennycress may be a good option
for those in corn-soybean systems
looking to add diversity to their practice
of cover cropping.

July 16, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa and ISU Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day Nov. 1, near Storm Lake For Release: October 24, 2013 Download PDF (102 kB) View Fullscreen

October 24, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE

Cover Crop Variety Trial 2012-2013 Project timeline: August 2012 – May 2013 Published: August 1, 2013 Download PDF (1 MB) View Fullscreen

August 1, 2013 

RESEARCH REPORT

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a soil health day July 30, in Albert City For Release: July 17, 2013 Download PDF (89 kB) View Fullscreen

July 17, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE

Practical Farmers of Iowa is co-hosting fall cover crop field days First event is Oct. 26, near Webb For Release: October 16, 2012 Download PDF (135 kB) View Fullscreen

October 16, 2012 

NEWS RELEASE