Cover Crops for All: Thoughts on Machinery, Management and Grazing

Wednesday, November 20 | 12 – 3 p.m. | Rose Hill, IA

MikeJacksonLearn how cover crops in corn and soybeans can work for you. Starting in the shop with lunch, Mike will share the latest results from his on-farm cover crop research — including a trial that investigates effects of different rye seeding dates and rates on rye biomass, soil health and corn yield. Jason Steele, a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present on grazing cover crops. After lunch, Mike will lead a discussion about the diverse approaches to managing cover crops, covering financial and practical aspects. We’ll then take a short walking tour to view corn and soybean fields with two years of rye.

HOST: Mike Jackson | (641) 660-1146 |


Mike Jackson

Jason Steele – NRCS Soil Scientist


On his family’s century farm, Mike farms with his wife, father and uncle. Mike raises corn and soybeans, and the family operates three custom-fed swine buildings. They have been integrating cover crops for the past four years, and Mike also operates a custom planting and seed business.


  • Cover crop planting practices and machinery
  • Cutting costs on cover crops for weed control
  • Slake testing
  • Grazing cover crops

LOCATION: 2156 Snyder Ave. Rose Hill, IA 52586


From Oskaloosa: Head 7.2 miles east on IA Hwy 92. Turn left (north) onto Snyder Avenue (after the South Skunk River bridge). The farm will be on the right (east) side of the road in 2 miles.

From Rose Hill: From Ventura Avenue, turn west onto IA Hwy 92. In 2.6 miles, turn right (north) onto Snyder Avenue. The farm will be on the right (east) side of the road in 2 miles.


Lunch will be provided at the start of the field day. Please RSVP by clicking the blue button below. 

We take RSVP numbers to get an idea of the amount of food that we need to provide for the event. If you RSVP after the deadline but before the event, you are still welcome, but we cannot guarantee a meal.

RSVP by Nov. 15

This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number NR186114XXXXG003. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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