Profitability With Cover Crops

06.09 HeppProfitability With Cover Crops

Friday, June 9 | 4-6 p.m.

Host: James Hepp & Family

Hepp Farms

Address: 2195 250th St. Rockwell City, IA 50579


  • Mike Evans, Integrated Ag Solutions
  • Kelly Garrett, Xtreme Ag


First-generation farmer James Hepp and his family farm near Rockwell City, Iowa, where they grow 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans and cereal rye. They began with cover crops in 2020 and are now making their cover crop practice into a new business enterprise through custom seeding and raising rye for cover crop seed.

At this field day, James will explore how cover crops make sense financially. He’ll also share benefits he sees from his rye cover crop along with practical advice for getting started with cover crops. Guests will see corn and soybeans growing that were planted into cover crops, and James’ relay crop plot that he aims to harvest so he can sell the rye for seed.

Dinner will follow the field day.

Sponsored by:

  • Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
  • Iowa Farmers Union
  • Sunderman Farm Management Co.

See & Discuss:

  • Profitability with cover crops
  • Reducing inputs
  • Corn and soybeans planted into cereal rye
  • A relay crop of rye and soybeans
  • Cover crop application methods
  • Cost-share opportunities