Published Nov 25, 2014

Extending the Rotation Beyond Corn and Beans

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Extending a common corn-bean crop rotation to three or more years by adding small grains can help farmers reduce input costs, manage pests and even out their workload. Dick Sloan, who farms near Rowley, started adding cereal rye back into his crop rotation in 2011. Dick will share his experience and discuss the learning curve to adding a third crop to the rotation. Then hear from agronomist Matt Liebman, who will discuss the results of his long-term research comparing two-, three- and four-year crop rotations.