Learn How to Add Cover Crops to Your Farm Lease: Watch the Iowa Learning Farms Webinar on May 16

May 3, 2018

AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how cover crops can be incorporated into a farm lease arrangement on Wednesday, May 16 at 12:00 p.m.

Cover crops are an important tool to help reduce soil erosion and nutrient losses while also improving soil health. On rented land, adding a conservation practice like cover crops involves the cooperation of both the landowner and tenant. Common questions arise in this situation, including who pays for the practice, how the agreement should be documented and long-term benefits to consider.

Charles Brown, Farm Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will discuss best practices for adding cover crops to a farm lease arrangement. Brown owns and operates a small farm in Wapello County and works with farmers in a 13 county area on many issues related to farm management, including farm leases and cover crops.

“Water quality and nutrient reduction is important to everyone,” said Brown. “Cover crops are one piece of the puzzle to improve it.” Brown is in his fifth year of using cover crops on his own farm and will discuss his experience with cover crops in addition to farm lease considerations.

The Iowa Learning Farms webinar series takes place on the third Wednesday of the month. To watch, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ shortly before 12:00 p.m. on May 16 and log in through the “guest” option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by 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 include 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).