Lesson Learned from Relay-Cropping Camelina with Soybean in Central Iowa | Building a Culture of Conservation

Lesson Learned from Relay-Cropping Camelina with Soybean in Central Iowa

September 24, 2021

Ames, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Sep. 22 at noon will feature Peter O’Brien, research agronomist, USDA Agricultural Research Service. O’Brien conducts research on using multiple management tools to increase cropping system sustainability and resiliency in Midwestern states.

In the webinar, “Relay-Cropping Winter Camelina with Soybean in Central Iowa – Potential Benefits and Lessons Learned,” O’Brien will discuss system management, crop yield findings, water quality impacts and greenhouse gas emissions, from a relay-cropping system whereby soybean was planted into growing winter camelina, an overwintering oilseed crop. He will outline the goal to produce three harvestable crops in two years, and discuss the progress toward that goal.

“Relay-cropping is a relatively new concept for most Midwestern farmers, and I am pleased to be able to share what we’ve learned with this system, and how it might be applied in practice on farms throughout the region,” said O’Brien. “Adding an overwintering crop has the potential to increase overall production while protecting the soil when corn and soybean are not actively growing. I hope participants come away with an understanding of what relay-cropping is, and how it may be a tool to diversify productivity in corn-soybean cropping systems, potentially making them more adaptable to changing environmental conditions.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.


Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT Sep. 22:

Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172

Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172


Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 364 284 172


The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

About Iowa Learning Farms:

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, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.