Cover Crop Boot Camp December 18-19

Cover Crop Boot Camp December 18-19

A "Cover Crop Boot Camp" is scheduled December 18-19 in Ames for those farmers successfully growing cover crops and who want to learn how to communicate more effectively with their neighbors, friends and community leaders about their experiences, good and bad. This will be a "deep dive" into cover crop science, practices and communication strategies for those looking to hone both their production techniques and outreach skills.

All accommodations and food are included and the event is free, but space is limited. Go to this link to learn more about the complete agenda, lodging details and to register, or contact Sarah Carlson at or call (515) 232-5661.  


Wednesday, December 18  - Iowa State University Alumni Center, 429 Alumni Lane, Ames

5-6 p.m. - Social

6-6:30 p.m. - Dinner

6:30-7:30 p.m. - Soil Health for Reduced In-Field Variability (Wayne Fredericks & Jerry Hatfield)

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

Thursday, December 19 - Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames

(note the different location for day 2)

7:45 -8:15 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast

8:15-8:45 a.m. - Why Are We Here and Where Are We Going? (Sarah Carlson)

8:45-9:45 a.m.  - Hitting Your Pow! (Tina Bakehouse)

9:45-10 a.m. - BREAK

10 a.m.-12 noon - Cover Crop Keys to Success (Small Group Table Breakouts; 20-Minute Farmer-Researcher Presentations Followed by 20-Minute Group Discussion)

  • How much weed control can cover crops provide? (Sam Bennett & Meaghan Anderson)
  • How do cover crops benefit hog and cattle systems? (Kellie Blair, Brian Dougherty & Erika Lundy)
  • Best advice for new cover croppers (Mike Jackson & Mark Licht)

12 Noon-1 p.m. - LUNCH (Including "Photo Booth" & Cover Crop Web Page 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 (Continued Small Group Table Breakouts; 20-Minute Farmer-Researcher Presentations Followed by 20-Minute Group Discussion)

  • Pros and cons of roller-crimping cover crops (Scott Shriver & Ajay Nair)
  • Corn and cover crop considerations: Nitrogen, planter, crop protection (Steve Berger & Alison Robertson)
  • Improving fall cover crop establishment: A comparison of methods (Mark Schleisman & Stefan Gailan)

4-4:30 p.m. - Closing Call to Action and Next Steps (Dean Sponheim)

(Sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa with cooperation from: The 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 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.)

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