Cover Crops With Purpose: Weed Suppression, Soil Health and Unexpected Benefits

Tuesday, July 2 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Galva, IA

In partnership with University of Northern Iowa

20151019 113241 Sam Bennett familyLearn about the benefits and challenges of diversifying your farm with cover crops, small grains and extended rotations. Sam and Danielle will share their experience using cover crops as part of their weed control system. They will also discuss growing small grains, soil health and navigating crop insurance and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. Guests will have a chance to see cereal rye and oats just before harvest, and evaluate the weed-suppressing benefits of cover crops before soybeans.

RSVP by June 28

HOSTS: Sam and Danielle Bennett and Family | Bennett Farms  | (712) 371-2790 |


A representative from the Ida Grove NRCS service center


Sam and Danielle Bennett farm a third of the Bennett family’s 2,000-acre operation that raises corn, soybeans and small grains. They use cover crops, no-till and strip-till to work toward their goals that include improving soil health, conservation, nutrient management and water quality, and creating habitat.


  • Cover crops for weed control
  • Reducing herbicide use while maintaining yield
  • Delayed cover crop termination
  • Cover crop risk management
  • Growing small grains in extended rotations


LOCATION: 1673 Market Ave. Galva 51020


From Holstein: Go east on U.S. 20 for about 6.5 miles to Market Avenue / Co Rd M25 and turn right (south); the farm is in 1 mile on the right (west) side of the road.

From the east on U.S. 20: Market Avenue / Co Rd M25 is one-eighth of a mile west of the Quad County Corn Processors ethanol plant. Turn left (south) onto Market Avenue  Co Rd M25 and go 1 mile; the farm is on the right (west) side of the road.

From the junction of U.S. 59 and IA Hwy 175 east of Ida Grove: Go east on IA Hwy 175 for 1 mile to Market Avenue / Co Rd M25 and turn left (north). Continue on Market Avenue / Co Rd M25 for 8.8 miles; the farm is on the left (west) side of the road.


Lunch will be provided. 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 June 28

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