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In 2014, Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers began a joint research effort to investigate the use of a highboy seeder to seed cover crops into standing corn and soybeans. The objective was to determine the effects of planting technique on the successful establishment of sole species and mixed species cover crops. Cover crop planting […]

March 22, 2017 

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Using a roller-crimper to terminate cover crops is a topic that has garnered A LOT of attention in recent years. At our 2016 annual conference, three farmers shared their experiences with using modified equipment to roll cover crops. This year, Levi Lyle (of Keota) and Billy Sammons (of Churdan) explained how they’ve used actual roller-crimpers […]

February 13, 2017 

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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 

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Winter Cereal Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yield: Year 8 is now available! This is a long-term project being conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Between 2009 and 2016, 12 farmer-cooperators have contributed to 59 site-years of on-farm research to investigate what effect a cereal rye cover crop might have to […]

January 24, 2017 

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Last week, we released a new research report, “Cereal Rye Cover Crop Termination Date Ahead of Soybeans, 2016 Update.” The cooperators involved, Jeremy Gustafson and Jack Boyer, saw no ill effects of planting soybeans within 5 days of terminating a cereal rye cover crop. They were both able to reap some cost savings in weed […]

December 7, 2016 

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Delaying cover crop termination until corn planting is commonly understood to cause corn yield drag. However, the potential for increased cover crop growth by delaying termination has farmers wondering if that yield drag is true and/or can be overcome. Farmer-cooperator Dick Sloan planted corn on the same date (May 5) following two cover crop termination dates: […]

December 5, 2016 

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Delaying cover crop termination until near soybean planting would allow for more biomass production by the cover crop in the spring presenting the opportunity for more environmental benefit. Two farmer-cooperators continued work they began in 2015 that compares terminating a cereal rye cover crop 2-3 weeks prior to seeding soybeans (early termination) with terminating the […]

November 30, 2016 

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Cover crops may not be just for corn and soybeans. Cover crops and summer annual forage mixes can provide a host of benefits to annual cropping systems: add biodiversity, reduce soil erosion, reduce nutrient loss, increase soil organic matter and reduce weed pressure. Dave and Meg Schmidt, who raise cattle and crops near Exira in Audubon […]

October 26, 2016 

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In a Nutshell
• Cover crops and summer annual
forage mixes can provide a host of
benefits to annual cropping systems:
add biodiversity, reduce soil erosion,
reduce nutrient loss, increase soil
organic matter and reduce weed pressure.
• Dave and Meg Schmidt evaluated the
effect of applying chicken litter to a
cereal rye + hairy vetch cover crop
and grazing the cover crop ahead of
establishing a summer annual forage
mix.
Key findings
• Grazing the cereal rye + hairy vetch
cover crop resulted in more biomass
production than where not grazed.
• The application of chicken litter did
not affect cover crop growth or summer
annual forage biomass production.
• Hairy vetch in the cover crop successfully
established (seeded in late August
2015) and may have contributed a
substantial amount of N to the succeeding
summer annual forage crop.

October 25, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

In recent years, a growing number of farmers have become interested in raising their own cereal rye seed to use as cover crop seed. However, fungal diseases and lodging can present challenges to raising small grain crops, like cereal rye, in Iowa. Warm and humid conditions during heading and grain fill periods are conducive to fungal […]

October 10, 2016 

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