Cover Crop Field Day (Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA)

Event Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2013
Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA

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. 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

Registration is free but required for arranging lunch. To register please contact Dr. Ajay Nair (; 515-294-7080). We would greatly appreciate if you would contact Dr. Nair at least one week in advance of the workshop.

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