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Cover crops improve corn, soybean production

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BENEFITS ADD UP: Cover crops in corn and soybean systems reduce erosion, mitigate nutrient loss, improve soil health and can increase yields.
ILF webinar Oct. 28 will explain the economic benefits for using cover crops.

Integrating cover crops into corn and soybean cropping systems is the topic of the webinar “Cover Crops for Better Corn and Soybeans” presented by Iowa Learning Farms at noon Oct 28.

Viewers will learn how cover crops can be a win-win for cash crops and the environment. During this webinar, Sarah Carlson, strategic initiatives director at Practical Farmers of Iowa, will share research results about how cover crops can help farmers grow better corn and soybean crops, while also protecting water quality and improving soil health.  

“Cover crops are not just good for water quality and soil health, but should also be a part of the crop production decision-making discussion,” she says. Carlson will explain the economic benefits of using cover crops.

Benefits for corn, beans

Cover crops in corn and soybean cropping systems can reduce soil erosion, mitigate nutrient loss, improve soil physical soil properties and increase yields, Carlson says. Cover crops scavenge soil nutrients as they grow and ultimately release them for following crops to use. This reduces the potential for nutrient losses, especially N.

Carlson works to transfer agronomic research about cover crops and small grains through supply chain projects, articles, blogs and presentation materials, while working to improve the support for cover crop and small-grain research.  

Webinar access instructions 

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon Oct. 28, go to and enter meeting ID 364 284 172. Or call 312-626-6799 or 646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 364 284 172. The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF at

A certified crop adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those people who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

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