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Demonstrating Cover Crop Mixtures on Iowa Farmland:Management, Soil Health, and Water Quality Benefits

Authors: Mark A. Licht (Iowa State University) , Liz Juchems (Iowa Learning Farms) , Jacqueline Comito (Iowa Learning Farms) , Matthew Helmers (Iowa State University) , Sarah Carlson (Practical Farmers of Iowa)

  • Demonstrating Cover Crop Mixtures on Iowa Farmland:Management, Soil Health, and Water Quality Benefits

    Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

    Demonstrating Cover Crop Mixtures on Iowa Farmland:Management, Soil Health, and Water Quality Benefits

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Abstract

Iowa landowners and farmers increasingly are seeing the value of single species cover crops. However, in Iowa and the Upper Midwest, there has been limited research on using cover crop mixtures. In theory, cover crop mixtures have the same advantages as diverse species ecosystems like prairies. The most important advantage would be greater and more stable total plant growth. Mixing species with complimentary features can take advantage of multiple niches and environmental conditions in space, weather, time, and seasons.

How to Cite:

Licht, M. A. & Juchems, L. & Comito, J. & Helmers, M. & Carlson, S., (2018) “Demonstrating Cover Crop Mixtures on Iowa Farmland:Management, Soil Health, and Water Quality Benefits”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2017(1).

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01 Jan 2018
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