Webinar Features Recent Case Study on Economic Value of Cover Crops

March 2, 2016

AMES, Iowa — The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for March will be on Wednesday, March 16th at 1:00 p.m.  This month’s guest speaker is Liz Juchems, events coordinator with Iowa Learning Farms.  Juchems will discuss a recent case study conducted by the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group (ICCWG) examining the economic value of cover crops.   

This study is unique because of its focus on the economic value of retaining soil and soil nutrients.  Scenarios in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy call for cover crops on up to 60% of row crop acres in Iowa (about twelve million acres).  As farmers seek more information about cover crops, this research study provides one method to quantify the economic value of cover crops and their ability to prevent soil erosion.  

Juchems works closely with ILF Partners to conduct on farm research, organize field days, and to schedule community and youth outreach events.  Juchems obtained her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Agricultural Business and Economics, and a Master’s Degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Agricultural Economics.   

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: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ 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 Juchems 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: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.  

ILF has hosted a webinar every month since January 2011. To date, there are 62 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors, and farmer perspectives.