Iowa Learning Farms June webinar on cover crops

June 3, 2015

The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for June will be on Wednesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Sarah Carlson, who will talk about the latest work on cover crops.
Carlson will discuss some of the research that she has been involved with at Practical Farmers of Iowa where she is the Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator. She will present information on seeding cover crops earlier in the summer. She will also talk about the findings from the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group’s long-term on-farm rye cover crop research. The study is a side-by-side trial on 10 farms across the state, using rye cover crops in the same fields since 2009. Soil carbon, infiltration, nitrogen and pH as well as yield data were collected.
As Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator at PFI, Carlson helps transfer agronomic research about cover crops through articles, blogs and presentation materials while working to improve the support for cover crop research. She is also an agronomist on the PFI staff, transferring ideas for solutions to integrated crop and livestock concerns from farmers’ stories, results from on-farm research and demonstration projects, and her own knowledge. Carlson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and geography from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. Following graduation she joined the Peace Corps and lived in Ecuador for over two years serving as an ag business and ag extension volunteer. In 2008, she earned a master’s degree sustainable agriculture and crop production/physiology from Iowa State University.
The ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To log in, go to: at 1 p.m.on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the guest option.Webinar participants will be able to converse with the presenters by typing their questions through the chat function. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at:
Since January 2011, ILF has hosted a webinar every month. There are over 45 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors, and farmer perspectives. The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: