Virtual Field Day January 14: Miscanthus: what is the value for Iowa farmers?

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day on growing Miscanthus in Iowa on Thursday, January 14 at 1 p.m. CST. Join us for a live conversation with Emily Heaton, Iowa State University Agronomy Professor and Extension Biomass Crop Specialist.

Miscanthus has received widespread attention as a biomass crop for bioenergy in Europe, while bedding and bioproduct markets are developing faster than energy markets in the US. Dr. Heaton’s team is exploring what it takes to successfully grow miscanthus in Iowa and measuring the impact on soil health and water quality. The team is also exploring converting areas of fields that produce low corn and soybean yields to miscanthus for improved long-term profitability.

Harvesting Miscanthus, Photo Credit: ISU Biomass

“Iowa already produces more turkeys and eggs than any other state; why shouldn’t we make the turkey bedding and egg cartons, too? We can make both out of miscanthus, and growing it builds soil, cleans water, and provides habitat. But if the crop is so great, why aren’t more people growing it?” commented Heaton. This virtual field day will cover the pros and cons of miscanthus production and its fit in crop and livestock systems.

To participate in the live virtual field day at 1:00 pm CST on January 14, click HERE: or visit and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day”.

 Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +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. The archive will be available at

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

Liz Ripley