Date: 4/26/2018 12:00:00 AM

Title: Cover Crops for Fall Grazing Field Day

Early interseeding—the seeding of a cover crop into corn between the V-3 and V-7 stages—is a fairly new practice that is gaining in popularity throughout the Corn Belt because of several potential benefits. Early interseeding may help by:

  • Capturing excess nutrients after corn is done growing;

  • Providing a living root late into the growing season;

  • Generating extra forage for fall grazing; and

  • Improving the grazing quality of corn stalks.

“If livestock grazing is important to your operation, the keys to success with cover crop interseeding are to plant early, plant into a suitable corn hybrid, use the proper cover crop species and seeding methods, and let the cover crop harvest sunlight as long as possible in the fall prior to grazing,” says Prairie Creek Seed’s Cody Nelson. “Following these guidelines can help producers maximize the forage available for grazing.”

Prairie Creek Seed, one of the sponsors of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s Stewards of the Land Project, is hosting a field day at SJS Cattle Company near Lucas on May 17, with Iowa State University Extension and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS.)

The field day will feature a demonstration on grain drill modification for planting cover crops into corn, as well as a rainfall simulator demonstration and information on soil sampling. The rainfall simulator will show attendees how soil health impacts water quality.  

The event will be held at 11988 500th St., Lucas, IA 50151. Registration begins at 4:30 pm and a complimentary ribeye sandwich dinner will be served at 5:00. Attendees should RSVP to the ICA office before May 14 by calling 515-296-2266 or emailing

There is no cost to attend the field day thanks to sponsors including Prairie Creek Seed;Byron Seed; Biozyme-Vitaferm Products; Kosman Land Management - Seeding; Corteva Agriscience(TM), the agriculture division of DowDuPont(TM); Eastridge Animal Center, LLC; Rick’s Soil Sampling; and United Farmer’s Cooperative.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”