Growin’ Green

Today marks the official start of fall and there are many signs of its arrival as we travel around Iowa.  The tree leaves are beginning to change colors and preparations for harvest have begun. As the crops begin to turn brown and drop their leaves, there is something just beginning to green up – cover crops!

On Monday, I visited the Northeast Research Farm near Nashua to collect groundwater lysimeter samples from our cover crop plots.  I was very happy to see the seeds we broadcasted on September 3rd had germinated and were off to a good start. Below are some pictures I snapped while collecting samples.

Nashua Cover Crops Fall 2015

For more information on cover crops, visit our cover crops resources page on our Iowa Learning Farms website.

We would love to see photos of your cover crops as harvest begins.  Please send them to or share them with us on Facebook and Twitter @iowalearningfarms.

Liz Juchems

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