Cover crop workshop Jan. 28-30 in Des Moines

Farm Forum

Des Moines, Iowa — Whether you use cover crops or are still evaluating them, you can save time and money by attending the Cover Crop Workshops at this year’s Iowa Power Farming Show, Jan. 28-30, in Des Moines.

The Workshops will feature grain and livestock farmers with cover crop experience, as well as other experts. The speakers will share how they use cover crops in their crop and livestock operations to achieve multiple benefits, including:

• reducing erosion

• managing nutrients

• enhancing water quality

• providing forage

• increasing soil health

• improving profitability

In addition to 45 one-hour presentations over the three days of the Cover Crop Workshops, five cover-crop seed companies and an ag consulting company are exhibiting.

The Workshops are free with paid admission to the Power Show.

The three concurrent one-hour sessions at the Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. The noon session on all three days will feature grain marketing analyst Elaine Kub who will speak on “Optimizing Production Risk with Cover Crops Makes Managing Market Risk Easier.”

The Workshops’ speakers include Iowa farmers Steve Berger, Kelly Tobin, Frank Moore, Dave Wise and Chris Gaesser, as well as nationally recognized aerial-seeding expert Jamie Scott and high-clearance seeding veteran Matt VanTilburg.

Core topics offered in both morning and afternoon sessions include:

• Selecting cover crops

• Five popular seeding methods

• How and when to terminate cover crops

• Making cover crops work with livestock

Additional sessions will be offered on

• Why farmers are using cover crops

• How aerial and high-clearance seeding into standing corn and soybeans give cover crop seeds more time to catch rains, germinate and grow compared to waiting days and weeks to drill, plant or ground apply during harvest.

• Trouble-shooting, because cover crops are not a “silver bullet”!

• Radish, rye and ryegrass: What you need to know about three popular cover crops.

Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) may receive up to 46 continuing education unit credits for attending the Cover Crop Workshop sessions: 32 Soil & Water Management, 8 Crop Management and 6 Nutrient Management.

For more details and to view the daily schedule of topics and speakers and their bios, go to

For more information on the workshops contact: Dan Zinkand, Iowa Cover Crops Consultant, Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission, Cell: 503-507-4423, E-mail:, Twitter: @danzinkand.