Roller-Crimping Cereal Rye – A Live Demonstration

Tuesday, June 2 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

In partnership with Iowa State University

Levi Lyle

Levi Lyle, right

Watch Levi roll-crimp a cereal rye cover crop with two goals in mind: 1). terminating the cover crop without herbicide or tillage and 2). laying down the cover crop as a mulch for weed control. Levi is a partner on a project headed by Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University investigating reduced tillage in organic crop production systems. After a few weeks, we’ll take another look at the field with Levi and he’ll also demonstrate an electric Weed Zapper.

Host: Levi Lyle | Levi’s Indigenous Fruit Enterprises

The Farm: Levi operates Levi’s Indigenous Fruit Enterprises (LIFE) near Keota, through which he seeks to facilitate the profitability and sustainability of small farms. Levi and his wife Jill also distribute fresh aronia berries to local markets. Levi formerly worked as an organic inspector for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and now consults on topics related to organic agriculture.


  • Roller-crimping cover crops
  • Reduced tillage for organic

Format: Virtual Field Day (#1 of 2 in Series)

Platform: Facebook Live

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This field day is sponsored by Iowa Organic Association, Rodale Institute Midwest Organic Center, Pipeline Foods and Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service


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