Eric Wallendal, Kathleen Delate and Erin Silva
Friday Session III
Learn about cutting-edge research plus farmers’ experience with integrating cover crops into organic row crop systems through methods such as interseeding and roller-crimping. We’ll also discuss legumes for nitrogen management, and other multifunctional cover crop benefits.
Eric Wallendal and his wife Megan co-own Wallendal Farms in Grand Marsh, Wis. They have 3,400 irrigated acres—a mix of organic, transitional and conventional fields. They grow high-value vegetables and grains, focusing on soil regeneration and positive environmental impact.
Kathleen Delate is a professor at Iowa State University, where she is responsible for research, extension, and teaching in organic agriculture. She has conducted over 130 research trials in organic systems in Iowa, Hawaii, and California.
Erin Silva is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on sustainable and organic systems, including cover crops and cover crop-based no-till production, and the impact of organic management on soil biological and physical properties.