Rye Resiliency

Rye Resiliency: Strategies for Using Rye to Build and Maintain Soil Health

JD HollingsworthMonday, June 17 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.


1374 Colombine Blvd. | Packwood, IA 52580


J.D. Hollingsworth & Dave Hollingsworth


  • Jason Steele – NRCS
  • Ryan Wolf & Chris Wolf – Farm neighbors


David Hollingsworth has been farming near Packwood, Iowa, for 47 years. His son, J.D., has farmed with him for the past 24 years. Together, they raise corn and soybeans and grow cereal rye as a cover crop and for seed. After years of exploring reduced tillage strategies since the 1990s, J.D. and Dave became fully no-till in 2015; they now have 100% of their 1,200 acres cover cropped as well. Soil health and water quality are a key concern as J.D. raises the farm’s next generation on the land. Come learn how they’re working to steward their farm’s soil. You’ll get to see a small field of soybeans with roller-crimped rye, and the rye crop J.D. and Dave will harvest for seed mid-summer.


Dinner will follow the field day at nearby 1176 125th St.

See & Discuss

  • Roller-crimping rye in soybeans
  • Management strategies for cereal rye pre-harvest
  • Cutting back on fertilizer and chemical inputs
  • A slake test demonstration and rainfall simulator

Location Notes

The field day will begin at 1374 Colombine Blvd. for the first portion. Attendees will then caravan to 1176 125th St. for the closing portion, with one field stop along the way.

Farm Info



  • ADM re:generations
  • Continuum Ag