Due to postponement of Iowa Learning Farms spring field days because of COVID-19 precautions, ILF will host a webinar at noon April 8 to provide information on how to succeed with cover crops and no-till for spring.
Farmers and anyone else interested in cover crops and no-till are urged to tune in to this Iowa State University sponsored presentation. Liz Ripley, conservation and cover crop specialist with ILF, and Mark Licht, assistant professor and Extension cropping systems specialist, will share results from cover crop projects. These projects include a 10-year cereal rye cover crop study, species selection information, water quality impacts and tips for spring termination.
Getting started with cover crops
Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits:
- reduced soil erosion
- weed suppression potential
- less nitrogen and phosphorus entering waterbodies
- increased soil organic matter
“Fall 2019 was another difficult harvest season with limited time to complete fall tillage. Cover crops and no-tillage work together to help increase water infiltration and reduce erosion during heavy rain events,” Ripley says.
She adds, “If you’re looking to get started with cover crops, use rye ahead of soybeans and oats ahead of corn. That combination aims to maximize the successful implementation and management of cover crops, while maintaining profitability. Join us on April 8 to learn more about achieving success with cover crops and no-till. You will be able to ask us questions about these practices.”
To participate in the live webinar, go to iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172 shortly before noon April 8; go to iastate.zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID number of 364 284 172; or join from a phone line at 312-626-6799 or 646-876-9923, and then enter the meeting ID 364 284 172.
Webinar to be archived
This webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
A certified crop adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for people who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.