Cover Crop Workshop: Fruit and Vegetable Production

Mason City, IA

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5 April, 2013 (Friday)

North Iowa Events Center, Mason City

Mason City, Iowa – There has been an increased grower demand for information on use of cover crops in sustainable fruit and vegetable production systems. Researchers at Iowa State University and USDA-National Laboratory for Agriculture and Environment are teaming up to offer a cover crop workshop at the North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th St., SW Mason City, IA on 5th April 2013 (Friday). The workshop is catered towards commercial horticulture extension specialists, county horticulturists, regional food systems working group members, local food organizations, IFVGA and PFI board members, and IDALS and NRCS personnel. Fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning about cover crops are also welcome. This workshop is co-sponsored by The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Participants attending the workshop will learn about cover crop types, planting, management, benefits, and issues associated with cover cropping in fruit and vegetable cropping systems.  The tentative agenda for the workshop is given below:



Registration and refreshments

10am - 10:45

Benefits of cover crops in crop production systems – Dr. Tom Kaspar, USDA-NLAE

10:45 - 11:30

Envisioning a cropping systems approach – Dr. Andy Lenssen, ISU

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch and exhibits

12:30 - 1:15

Integrating cover crops in fruit production systems – Dr. Gail Nonnecke, ISU

1:15 - 2:30

Cover crop options for vegetable growers – Dr. Ajay Nair, ISU

2:30 – 3:00pm

Discussion, Evaluation, Adjourn


Registration is free but required for arranging lunch. To register please click the link below. Seats are limited so please register by 04/01/2013. For more information on the event please contact Dr. Ajay Nair (; 515-294-7080).