Iowa Learning Farms is collaborating with Practical Farmers of Iowa to provide an online Cover Crop Boot Camp in July. Billed as an event where ag retailers can learn to build a business case for cover crops, the program consists of three online sessions taking place July 8, 15, and 22, all at noon CDT.
The series is designed to efficiently provide actionable agronomic information which can help independent and retail agronomists and crop consultants build their business through recommending and implementing cover crops.
“The needs of agronomists and advisers for information, practices, and business tactics related to cover crops has not been diminished by pandemic-related restrictions,” said Sarah Carlson, strategic initiatives director for PFI. “These webinars will provide ag professionals, who are working with farmers every day, with an opportunity to tune up muscle-memory about cover crops, learn from industry experts, and examine new ways to build their business. And they can join these lunchtime webinars from the convenience of their truck, office or living room.”
The series incorporates speakers from manufacturing, research, services, production and consulting, offering a broad spectrum of perspectives and information.
July 8 – The Business of Cover Crops
- Matt Carstens (President & CEO, Landus)
- Dr. Lee Briese, (independent crop consultant with Centrol of Twin Valley)
Topics include: Cover crop benefits to consulting businesses; working with Co-Ops; client interactions and planning; business case for conservation agriculture.
July 15 – Setup and Logistics for Cover Crop Success
- Bert Strayer (cover crop lead, La Crosse Seed)
- James Holz (Greene County farmer and co-owner, Iowa Cover Crop)
- Dean Sponheim (co-owner, Sponheim Seeds and Services)
- Nate LeVan (field agronomist, Pioneer)
Topics include: Fall and spring logistics; seeding preparation and process; coordination of services – termination, nutrient management, strip-tillage, crop scouting.
July 22 – Conservation Agronomy of Cover Crops: Start to Finish
- Dave Schwartz (executive vice president of sales in plant nutrition for Verdesian Life Sciences)
- Meaghan Anderson (ISU Extension field agronomist)
- Dr. Eileen Kladivko (professor of agronomy at Purdue University)
Topics include: Managing pests, residuals and herbicides; nitrogen management; agronomics of cover crop advising.
To register for the webinars, please visit https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172 . Please select the date(s) you wish to attend.
All sessions will be recorded and archived for later viewing. Only attendees of the live events will qualify to receive CCA continuing education credits (CEU) for participating.
This Cover Crop Boot Camp is based on work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 6000004181. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. Additional partners include: Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance and Iowa Soybean Association.