Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cover Crop Workshop/Field day

Dr. Ajay Nair
Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa – The sustainable vegetable production lab in collaboration with researchers at Iowa State University, USDA-National Laboratory for Agriculture and Environment and USDA-SARE are teaming up to offer three cover crop workshops this Fall at following locations:

September 27 (Friday) – Armstrong Research Station, Lewis, IA
October 4 (Friday) – Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA
October 11 (Friday) – Muscatine Island Research Station, Fruitland, IA

Funding for these workshops is provided by USDA-SARE Professional Development Grant Program. Workshops are geared towards commercial horticulture field extension specialists, county extension horticulturists, regional food systems working group members, local food organizations, IFVGA & PFI board members, and IDALS & NRCS personnel. Fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning about cover crops are also welcome. This workshop is co-sponsored by The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Participants attending the workshop will learn about cover crop types, planting, management, benefits, and issues associated with cover cropping in fruit and vegetable cropping systems.  Depending on weather, there will be an opportunity to assess cover crops under field conditions. Live cover crop plants will also be on display inside.  

Registration is free but required for arranging food. Please contact Dr. Ajay Nair (; 515-294-7080).

The tentative agenda for the workshop is given below:

9:30am – 9:45
Registration and refreshments
9:45am – 10:00
Welcome, Dr. Ajay Nair, Department of Horticulture, ISU
10am - 10:45
Benefits of cover crops in crop production systems
Dr. Tom Kaspar, USDA-NLAE
10:45 - 11:30
  Envisioning a cropping systems approach
  Dr. Andy Lenssen, Agronomy, ISU
11:30 - 1:30
Lunch and field visit
1:30 - 2:15
Integrating cover crops in fruit production systems – Dr. Gail Nonnecke, ISU
2:15 - 3:00
Cover crop options for vegetable growers – Dr. Ajay Nair, ISU
3:00- 3:15 pm
Discussion, Evaluation, Adjourn

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