Field Days & Events


Cover Crop Boot Camp

Tuesday, November 30 (9 am – 2 pm)

Ankeny, Iowa

Registration is now open for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s fifth annual cover crop boot camp. The event, which is free and helps farmers learn about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to cover crops, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa, (1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway).

Farmers of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. Attendees will participate in four sessions (plus lunch) – all led by farmers with diverse cover crop experiences. Sessions will explore how farmers are using cover crops to reduce nitrogen and herbicide inputs, grow their own cover crop seed and integrate livestock with cover crops.

The boot camp comes at a particularly critical time for farmers, when crop inputs are in short supply and nitrogen prices are rising. Attendees will learn how skillfully integrating cover crops into their crop plan can help build a resilient farm system that’s less reliant on inputs.

“This boot camp is a perfect way for farmers of all experience levels to learn more and get questions answered about cover crops,” says Sarah Carlson, PFI’s strategic initiatives director. “It’s also a place to make connections that will help farmers be more successful. Everyone will walk away with valuable information they can take home and put to use right away.”

To sign up, visit practicalfarmers.org/ cover-crop-boot-camp.