Published Mar 19, 2013

Cover Crop Decision-Making Tools

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Just getting started with cover crops or want to hone your cover crop selections? Learn more about two online tools, the SmartMix (cover crop) Calculator, developed by Green Cover Seed of Bladen, NE and the Cover Crop Selector Tool developed by the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group in Ames, IA. Both resources are available online for farmers and landowners to improve their cover crop decision-making.


David Ausberger, rowcrop and cover crop farmer from central Iowa; Keith Berns, farmer and owner of Green Cover Seed in Bladen, NE; and Sarah Carlson, research and policy director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, will demonstrate these tools, explain how they originated and ways to use them.