Iowa Learning Farms

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop and relay intercropping workshop on Tuesday, February 27th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Southeast Research Farm near Crawfordsville. We welcome farmers and landowners to attend these free workshops and join us for a complimentary meal.

Cover crops provide many benefits to farmers and landowners, including reduced soil erosion, weed suppression, reduced nutrient loads entering water bodies, increased organic matter in the soil, and forage for livestock. In a relay intercropping system, where three crops are grown in two years, the benefits include a marketable small grain cover crop and additional revenue for the farmer. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to compare and contrast these two conservation practices, discuss new relay intercropping opportunities, ask questions, and share their experiences.

The workshop will be hosted by Dr. Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director, Dr. Mark Licht, associate professor and extension cropping systems specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Dr. Jon Dahlem, Iowa State University postdoctoral research associate.

The event will be held at the Southeast Research Farm, 3115 Louisa-Washington Road, Crawfordsville, IA and is free and open to farmers and landowners, though we require reservations to ensure adequate space and food. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary meal and be entered in a drawing for ISU Prairie Strips honey. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP, please contact Alena Whitaker at 515-294-2473 or  Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit

About Iowa Learning Farms

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.

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Image: Credit Iowa Soybean Association

Caption: Relay intercropping small grains and soybeans following small grain harvest.