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Source: Cover Crop Solutions news release

Three Cover Crop Workshops aimed at Iowa producers are being held June 10, 11, 12 in Storm Lake, Waterloo, and Bettendorf, IA respectively.

Cover crops figure heavily into improving Iowa's water quality. In addition to capturing nutrients that might be leached into the state's streams and rivers, cover crops can help control erosion, improve soil tilth, and boost per acre profits from corn and soybeans.

However, they must be properly seeded and managed in order to achieve the desired benefits.

These meetings are designed to familiarize farmers with the different types of cover crops available, and better understand the potential economic and water quality benefits of including them in their crop production programs.

Topics to be covered include types of cover crops available, selecting a cover crop system that fits your operation, seeding techniques, potential use of cover crops for forage, and cover crop programs available in Iowa. The same program will be presented at all three meetings.

Speakers will include Dr. Tracy Blackmer, director of research for Cover Crop Solutions, Steve Groff, farmer and co-founder of Cover Crop Solutions and Randy Ringler, cover crop specialist with the company.

The workshops are free to growers who preregister by Friday, June 6. Registration at the door will be $20. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, go to

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