This project studied how farmers are making cover crops work in their cropping systems, which are dominated by corn and soybean rotations in much of Iowa. Researchers shared considerable data on cover crops with farmers in four focus groups and then encouraged them to engage with other farmers about their knowledge and experience with cover crops.
What will it take to see a more widespread adoption of cover crops in the state?
The PIs interacted directly with farmers and provided them with the latest information about cover crops agronomic and economic performance. In turn, they received feedback that will shape future research and other efforts.
John Tyndall, J. Gordon Arbucke, Gabrielle Roesch, Andrea Basche
Year of Grant Completion
Miguez, Fernando E., "Covering the ground: A transformative approach to scientific learning for greater cover crop adaptation in Iowa" (2016). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 522.