Published Mar 29, 2023

Corn and Soybean Basics for Landowners

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


This farminar is for landowners who lease their ground – and anyone who wants to know the basics of corn and soybean production. We begin with an overview of soil types, planting and harvesting strategies and equipment used. Then we launch into a Q&A session: What’s a corn suitability rating? What exactly happens at the Farm Service Agency office? If cover crops are good for my soil health, why doesn’t my tenant want to plant them?

  • In 2018, Meredith Nunnikhoven established Barnswallow Flowers near Oskaloosa, Iowa. Following a career in the film industry, Meredith came home to re-engage with the family farm in a way that feeds her passions, reflects her environmental ethics and exercises her artistic creativity in a way that’s supported by strategic thinking.
  • Mollie Aronowitz is a licensed realtor, accredited land manager and sustainability director with Peoples Company. Mollie manages and consults on farms across Iowa and oversees sustainability initiatives within Peoples Company with a focus on in-field and edge-of-field conservation.
  • Morgan Jennings is a field crops viability coordinator at Practical Farmers of Iowa. A forage enthusiast, Morgan assists farmers with thinking through diversified crop rotations and helping them adopt cover crops through PFI’s cover crop cost-share program.