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Source: Cover Crops Workshop news release sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture

Whether you use cover crops or are still evaluating them, you can save time and money by attending the Cover Crop Workshops at this year's Iowa Power Farming Show, Jan. 28-30, in Des Moines.

The Workshops will feature grain and livestock farmers with cover crop experience, as well as other experts. The speakers will share how they use cover crops in their crop and livestock operations to achieve multiple benefits, including:
reducing erosion
managing nutrients
enhancing water quality
providing forage
increasing soil health
improving profitability.

In addition to 45 one-hour presentations over the three days of the Cover Crop Workshops, five cover-crop seed companies and an ag consulting company are exhibiting.

The Workshops are free with paid admission to the Power Show.

The three concurrent one-hour sessions at the Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. The noon session on all three days will feature grain marketing analyst Elaine Kub who will speak on "Optimizing Production Risk with Cover Crops Makes Managing Market Risk Easier."

The Workshops' speakers include Iowa farmers Steve Berger, Kelly Tobin, Frank Moore, Dave Wise and Chris Gaesser, as well as nationally recognized aerial-seeding expert Jamie Scott and high-clearance seeding veteran Matt VanTilburg.

Core topics offered in both morning and afternoon sessions include:
Selecting cover crops
Five popular seeding methods
How and when to terminate cover crops
Making cover crops work with livestock

Additional sessions will be offered on
Why farmers are using cover crops
How aerial and high-clearance seeding into standing corn and soybeans give cover crop seeds more time to catch rains, germinate and grow compared to waiting days and weeks to drill, plant or ground apply during harvest.
Trouble-shooting, because cover crops are not a "silver bullet"!
Radish, rye and ryegrass: What you need to know about three popular cover crops.

Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) may receive up to 46 continuing education unit credits for attending the Cover Crop Workshop sessions: 32 Soil & Water Management, 8 Crop Management and 6 Nutrient Management.

For more details and to view the daily schedule of topics and speakers and their bios, go to

For more information on the workshops contact:

Dan Zinkand
Iowa Cover Crops Consultant
Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission
Cell: 503-507-4423
Twitter: @danzinkand

The Cover Crop Workshops are made possible by the generous financial support of these organizations:

Gold Sponsors: DuPont Pioneer, Saddle Butte Ag and the Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission

Silver Sponsors: Kimberley Ag Consulting, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Nitro Radish, KB Seed Solutions, Ampac Seed, Cover Crop Solutions and Monsanto

Bronze Sponsors: Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and Environmental Tillage Systems

The Workshops are being planned by representatives of these Iowa agricultural organizations:
Conservation Districts of Iowa
Iowa Corn Growers Association
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Iowa Soybean Association
Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Soil and Water Conservation Society, Iowa Chapter
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa

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