Cover Crop Boot Camp

December 18-19 | Ames, IA

Join other row crop and livestock farmers for an evening social on December 18 followed by a day-long deep-dive into cover crop science and ways to hone your cover crop message on December 19.

All accommodations will be included and the event is FREE! Dinner included on Dec. 18 and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Dec. 19.

Take home new ideas about cover crops for your farm and ways to speak about cover crops with other farmers and neighbors. At this event you will:

  • Learn about the latest cover crop research in Iowa
  • Learn about ways to hone your cover crop message and share it with others
  • Sign up for paid and unpaid speaking opportunities about cover crops
  • Take away new ideas about cover crops for your farm

This event is made possible by the following organizations:
Practical Farmers of Iowa and Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, NRCS, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Turkey Federation, Iowa Pork Producers, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Dairy Association, Iowa State University, Soil Health Partnership, Iowa Seed Corn Initiative, Iowa Seed Association, Iowa Ag Water Alliance and the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship.


Register by Thursday, December 12!


Day 1: 5 – 8 p.m.

ISU Alumni Center | 429 Alumni Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011

5 -6 p.m. | Social

6-6:30 p.m. | Dinner

6:30-7:30 p.m. | Soil health for reduced in-field variability with Wayne Fredericks & Jerry Hatfield

7:30-8 p.m. | Overview of Day 2

Day 2: 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center | 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, IA 50014

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. | Why are we here and where are we going? with Sarah Carlson of PFI & Brian Waddingham of CSIF

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. | Hitting your Pow with Tina Bakehouse

9:45 – 10 a.m. | BREAK

10 a.m. – Noon | Cover Crop Keys to Success

How much weed control can cover crops provide? with Sam Bennett & Meaghan Anderson (20 min)

  • Small groups discuss (20 min)

How do cover crops benefit hog and cattle systems? with Kellie Blair, Brian Dougherty & Erika Lundy (20 min)

  • Small groups discuss (20 min)

Best advice for new cover croppers with Mike Jackson and Mark Licht (20 min)

  • Small groups discuss (20 min)

12 – 1:00 p.m. | LUNCH Photo booth & cover crop webpage resources

1 – 1:45 p.m. | After content, what about delivery? with Tina Bakehouse

1:45 – 2 p.m. | BREAK

2 – 4 p.m. | Cover Crop Keys to Success

Pros and Cons of Roller-Crimping Cover Crops with Scott Shriver & Ajay Nair (20 min)

  • Small groups discuss (20 min)

Corn and cover crop considerations: nitrogen, planter, crop protection with Brent Larson & Alison Robertson (20 min)

  • Small groups discuss (20 min)

Improving fall cover crop establishment: a comparison of methods with Mark Schleisman & Stefan Gailans (20 min)

  • Small groups discuss (20 min)

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Call to Action and Next Steps; Closing with Dean Sponheim


Contact Sarah Carlson at or call our office at (515) 232-5661