Cover Crops in Organic Row Crops


MP3 download of workshop audio from MOSES 2020. PowerPoint slides from the presentation may be available for download here.

Workshop Session: Saturday II

Cover crops can help build soil health, mitigate erosion, suppress weeds, and provide other benefits in an organic rotation. We’ll look at the factors you should consider in selecting cover crops and sourcing seed. We’ll briefly touch on current research in the Midwest specifically for organic production. We’ll also talk about the successes and pitfalls of cover crops in an organic row crop rotation, offering tips and advice from personal experience.

Ruth McCabe is a certified crop advisor and an agronomist with Blue River Organic Seed.
Eric Madsen and his family are transitioning their Iowa farm to organic. They also raise farrow-to-finish hogs, broilers and beef cattle.