Webinar Focuses on Cover Crops with Vegetable Production

Ajay NairAMES, Iowa — This month’s Iowa Learning Farms webinar, Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m., features Ajay Nair with Iowa State University Department of Horticulture. He will discuss the use of cover crops in conjunction with vegetable production.The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Nair will discuss the use of cover crops in conjunction with vegetable production. Using cover crops in commercial crop production, whether it is row crops such as corn and soybeans or vegetables, or even vegetable gardens, creates healthy and productive soil, supplying nutrients for plant growth and building soil organic matter. Nair’s presentation will provide information on some traditional and non-traditional cover crops that can be successfully integrated into vegetable cropping systems.

Nair is an assistant professor, working in the area of sustainable vegetable production in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. The focus of his research, extension and education program is on cover cropping, nutrient management, soil amendments and health, and season extension strategies in vegetable production. He also has an interest in local food production and works on production aspects and techniques needed to meet the rising demand for locally grown produce.

To connect to the webinar, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log on using the “guest” option.

ILF has hosted a monthly webinar since January 2011. The ILF website has links for archived webinars from all previous sessions at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/. Forty webinars are available to view on a variety of topics including soil erosion, cover crops and farmer perspectives. These can be viewed at any time. The webinar archives also are available in podcast through iTunes.