Cover Crop Field Day to Look at Cereal Rye Cultivars and Planting Dates

With a steady growth in number of growers incorporating cover crops into their production systems, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day to showcase results from experiments using cereal rye cultivars.

The event will be held at the ISU Horticulture Research Station on May 24. The station is located at 55519 170th Street, Ames.

ISU Extension and Outreach researchers planted five cereal rye cultivars (Aroostook, Elbon, Prima, Wheeler and Wrens Abruzzi) on two different dates (September and October) during 2015. The field day will share the results of the plantings and investigate crop establishment, percent cover and biomass generation.

Sustainable and organic growers use very few or no chemicals to terminate their cover crops. One option is to use a roller crimper to terminate cover crops. For many cover crops, especially rye, roller crimping is a sought-after termination method. Demonstrations will include operation of a Rodale Institute designed roller crimper. Other equipment from the research station will also be available to view.

The workshop is free for all to attend and is supported by the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Leopold Center and the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

If planning to attend please contact Ajay Nair at 515-294-7080 or

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