A new video, “Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives,” is now available from Iowa Learning Farms. This video features seven Iowa farmers who use cover crops on their agricultural fields. They offer perspectives on four cover crop topics: why they grow cover crops; how to get started, seeding methods and management; growing cover crops for seed; and grazing cover crops. Featured farmers include: Gary Nelson, Webster County; Barry Kusel, Carroll County; Tim Smith, Wright County; Jeremy Gustafson, Boone County; Larry Haren, Webster County; Rick Juchems, Butler County; and Wade Dooley, Marshall County.
Have you ever wondered how these how-to DVDs are made?
The planning for this video began a year ago with a vision and a general outline of the questions we frequently heard at ILF field days. The next step was to line-up veteran cover crop farmers to share their experiences. The interviews were conducted over a series of a couple months at various field days. After gathering over three hours of interviews, team members Nathan Stevenson and Liz Juchems selected the footage that you see in the final cut. The result was a free-flow of great advice and information that can be beneficial to beginning cover crop farmers as well as more experienced farmers.