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.
Iowa Cover Crop Recipe – Post Corn, Going to Soybean: Use Cereal Rye
Iowa Cover Crop Recipe – Post Soybean, Going to Corn: Use Oats
Iowa Cover Crop Recipe – Post Corn Silage, Going to Corn: Use Cereal Rye
Iowa Cover Crop Recipe – Post Corn Silage, Going to Soybean: Use Cereal Rye
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
Integrated Crop Management - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
2104M Agronomy Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011-1010
Senior Programs and Member Engagement Director
Practical Farmers of Iowa
137 Lynn Ave, Suite 200
Ames, IA 50014
Iowa State University
Department of Horticulture
145 Horticulture Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1050
Liz (Juchems) Ripley
Iowa Learning Farms
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Iowa State University Extension - Cover Crops
Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual
Field Crop Production Handbook
Considerations When Overseeding Cover Crops
MCCC State Reports for Annual Meetings
2020 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2019 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2018 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2017 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2016 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2015 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2014 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2013 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2012 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting
2011 Iowa State Report - MCCC Annual Meeting