Sorghum Can Provide Benefits to Crop Rotation in Iowa

Virtual field day by Iowa Learning Farms will explore the benefits of growing sorghum

October 14, 2020, 12:33 pm | Liz Ripley

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day focused on the benefits to the soil, water and the atmosphere when sorghum is added to the corn and soybean rotation on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

Join for a live conversation with Andy VanLoocke, associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State University; Iowa State post-doctoral research associates Kate Glanville and Rojda (Guler) Aslan-Sungur; and Iowa State graduate student Josh Bendorf.Monitoring.

At the Iowa State Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research Farm located west of Ames, VanLoocke’s team is exploring the impacts of adding bioenergy crops like sorghum to the traditional rotation of corn and soybean grown on most acres in Iowa. Taking a systems approach, the team is closely analyzing the carbon/nitrogen budget or mass budget of sorghum and the impacts on the soil, water and atmosphere.

“This field day and larger research project will take a closer look at how crop rotation, climate and weather effect the corn, soybeans and sorghum differently throughout the year. The goal is to calculate the mass budget and impact of incorporating energy biomass crops like sorghum in the rotation,” said Vanloocke.

To participate in the live virtual field day at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20, click this URL: or visit and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day.”

Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923; Meeting ID: 914 1198 4892.

The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time.

Participants may be eligible for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit. Information about how to apply to receive the unit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.


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Liz Ripley

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