Person: Wade Dooley
Green manure cover crops best fit into extended and diversified crop rotations between the small grain and corn phases of the rotation. Farmer-cooperator Wade Dooley compared corn following two green manure strategies: a red clover + sweet mix interseeded with a cereal rye seed crop vs. a mix of oats + sorghum-sudangrass + peas + […]
March 30, 2017
In a Nutshell
• Green manure cover crops best fit into
extended and diversified crop rotations
between the small grain and corn
phases of the rotation.
• Farmer-cooperator Wade Dooley
compared corn following two green
manure strategies: a red clover + sweet
mix interseeded with a cereal rye seed
crop vs. a mix of oats + sorghumsudangrass
+ peas + rapeseed mix
established after cereal rye seed
• The two green manure mixes produced
similar amounts of biomass and N.
• Corn yields were greater by nearly 30
bu/ac following the clover mix (corn in
both treatments received 100 lb N/ac
as purchased N fertilizer).
• Financial returns on investment per
acre were greater by $123.90 with the
clover mix treatment.
March 14, 2017
Ahead of our annual conference last month, we held a short course titled “Conserving $$ and Soil.” Often the conservation of farm production input costs and soil might be considered at odds with one another. Soil conservation efforts are thought to cost money to implement and/or they might involve producing less which would in turn lose […]
February 1, 2017
The Farm Progress Show was in Boone, IA last week. Practical Farmers of Iowa has been hosting a booth at the show the past three times its been held in Boone, IA. The booth was filled with cover crop plants, PFI materials and most importantly PFI farmer experts who shared advice about cover crops with other […]
September 9, 2016
56 farmers came to the Grundy County Fair on July 20, 2016 to learn more about cover crops and soil health at our “indoor” field day. Fred Abels, a long-time PFI member and Grundy County Commissioner helped plan another great workshop with ISU Extension and Grundy County NRCS.
July 22, 2016
Objective: Demonstrate the economic and soil health benefits of grazing multi-species cover crops, through partnerships between row crops farmers and graziers.
July 7, 2015
Objective: Quantify the agronomic and economic effect on corn yields of seeding a red + sweet clover mix with cereal rye or planting a diverse, cover crop mix immediately after grain and straw harvest of rye.
October 29, 2013
Farmers who attend this session will learn how adding alternative crops can reduce input costs and pest pressure while helping them raise more profitable and healthy livestock.
February 21, 2012