Iowa

The Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Departments at Iowa State University and the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment conduct research and outreach focused on cover crops. Cover crop research projects address their effectiveness in improving soil and water quality, cover crop effects on weeds, diseases, and pests, and the agronomic aspects of incorporating cover crops into cropping systems in Iowa. Other field and greenhouse studies are evaluating different potential cover crop species and their impact on soil microbial ecology.

Please scroll down to read extension publications from Iowa.

 

Various agencies provide cover crop services at a local level. These resources can help with technical support and answer questions from a local perspective at no cost.

Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Find your local NRCS Field Service Center

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Find your regional Extension Field Agronomist

Conservation Districts of Iowa

Find your County Soil and Water Conservation District

Additional outreach and on-farm research and demonstration projects are being conducted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), Leopold Center, and Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) across the state of Iowa.

Iowa Vegetable Resources can be found on the Iowa State Extension Vegetable Blog and the Iowa State Extension Sustainable Vegetable Production Page.

Feel free to contact your MCCC state representative for local questions and recommendations. Your MCCC state representative's contact information can be found on the State Contacts tab.

 

MCCC State Contact

Tom Kaspar
Plant Physiologist/Agronomist - USDA- Agricultural Research Service
National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment
2110 University Blvd.
Ames, Iowa  50010-3120
Voice: 515-294-8873
Fax: 515-294-8125
E-mail: Tom.Kaspar@ars.usda.gov

Other Contacts

Andrew Lenssen
Associate Professor
Iowa State University
Department of Agronomy
1405 Agronomy Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1010
Phone: 515-294-1060
Email: alenssen@iastate.edu

 

Sarah Carlson
Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator
Practical Farmers of Iowa
137 Lynn Ave, Suite 200
Ames, IA 50014
Phone: 515-232-5661
E-mail: sarah@practicalfarmers.org

 

Ajay Nair
Assistant Professor
Iowa State University
Department of Horticulture
145 Horticulture Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1050
Phone: 515-294-7080
E-mail: nairajay@iastate.edu

 

Liz Juchems
Iowa Learning Farms
4329 Elings
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Phone: 515-294-5429
E-mail: ejuchems@iastate.edu

 

Mark Licht
Assistant Professor
Iowa State University
Integrated Crop Management
2104M Agronomy Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1010
Phone: 515-294-0877
E-mail: lichtma@iastate.edu