Join experienced farmer Bill Frederick and beginning farmer Dustin Farnsworth as they share their experiences with growing small grains as part of the rotation on their Iowa farms. Small grains researcher David Weisberger will then share insights he gained from talking with organic oat producers across the state. This farminar will focus on the practical aspects of successful small grains: field preparation, plant populations and planter settings, stand assessment and harvest tactics.
February 5, 2015
Extending and diversifying a crop rotation
to include a small grain presents
farmers with the opportunity to also
include green manure cover crops.
• Three farmer-cooperators grew a small
grain + red clover and a small grain +
cover crop mix preceding corn in their
• Red clover frost-seeded with the small
grain put on more aboveground biomass
and contained more N than the
cover crop mix seeded after small grain
harvest on one farm.
• Corn yields following red clover were
greater than those following the cover
crop mix at only one farm.
• If sufficiently terminated, red clover and
the cover crop mix preceding corn in
rotation can result in yields comparable
to county yield averages.
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