Benefits of Multi-cropping to Be Discussed During May 6 Webinar

The soil health and economic benefits of multi-cropping will be explored

May 1, 2020, 1:51 pm | Hilary Pierce, Jacqueline Comito

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at noon about multi-cropping and the soil, environmental and economic benefits of this practice.

Multi-cropping has many associated benefits. It adds opportunities for producers to increase diversity to crop rotations, creates additional economic opportunities, reduces input costs and weed pressure, mimics nature and builds soil health.

multi-cropping.Ross Evelsizer, watershed planner and GIS specialist at Northeast Iowa RC&D, will explain what multi-cropping is, and what producers are doing in Iowa and other parts of the country. Evelsizer will also describe the benefits of multi-cropping for soil health and the environment, as well as the economic implications of the practice.

“I hope people will learn about multi-cropping and think about how it could be worked into what they are doing,” said Evelsizer, who has had seven years of experience in watershed management in northeast Iowa, where he has worked alongside producers and landowners to tackle flooding and water quality issues while maintaining economic productivity. He will also discuss the next steps for multi-cropping Iowa.

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on May 6 visit https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172. Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172 

Participants can also join from a dial-in phone line by dialing +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923. Enter meeting ID: 364 284 172.

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

 

Original photo: Example of multi-cropping.

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