June Webinar Discusses Living Mulch between Corn Rows Project



AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms’ June 20 webinar will feature Ken Moore, Iowa State University distinguished professor of agronomy. The webinar begins at 11:30 a.m. and is part of a series, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Moore will share the results of an ongoing Iowa State evaluation of perennial-established cover crops maintained between rows of corn. These perennial living mulches save soil moisture, slow soil erosion and sequester carbon. Preliminary results are promising. In addition to the soil benefits, higher corn grain yields are reported with the living mulch treatments. The field study has been conducted at a single Ames area location since 2008.

Although the preliminary corn grain yield response has been positive, Moore is cautious. In an Iowa State press release from early 2012, Moore stated, “We recognize that it could be a brittle system. We’ve only tried it in one location, with one corn hybrid for four years. We don’t know how it is going to perform in the entire state with different soils and different growing conditions.”

Moore will discuss the research project and its findings to-date in the webinar presentation. He is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture at Iowa State and has been a faculty member in agronomy since 1993. He holds a B.S. degree from Arizona State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Moore also is the director of the Master of Science in Agronomy distance education program and teaches graduate agronomy courses.

To connect to the webinars, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/. Moore will be able to answer questions from webinar attendees via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from previous months: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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Contact Ken Moore, ISU Department of Agronomy, 515-294-5482