Cover crop seeding seminar is set

     Corn and soybean farmers can learn from fellow farmers how to improve cover crop seeding success, as well as seeding cover crops before planting corn the following spring at an education event on Monday, July 24, near Arlington.

     The event will be Monday, July 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tim Burrack farm shop, 8124 80th St., Arlington.

     The schedule of events is as follows:

     • 10 a.m. – Arlington corn and seed corn grower Tim Recker and Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative coordinator Shannon Moeller will talk about cost share for seed corn ground.

     • 11 a.m. – Waverly corn and soybean grower Mark Mueller, a Bremer County Corn Growers and Iowa Corn Growers Association board member, will discuss his experience with cover crops and the Soil Health Partnership.

     • A complimentary lunch will be served at noon.

     • 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Cover crop veterans Mike Shuter and Matt VanTilburg will share their insight on successfully seeding cover crops into standing corn and soybeans, as well as cover crops seeded before corn. Shuter and VanTilburg have seeded thousands of acres of cover crops into corn and soybeans for many years.

     Shuter manages custom cover crop seeding on more than 20,000 acres each year, as well as on 4,500 acres he and two brothers farm in Ohio. He was named the 2016 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year by the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Board. Mike and his wife, Susan, and two sons farm about 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Indiana. They do about 2,500 acres of custom cover crop seeding each year and have a cow-calf herd and wean-to-finish hogs. The Shuters are a Soil Health Partnership farm with the National Corn Growers Association. Mike is a former member of the Indiana Corn and NCGA boards.

     “High clearance seeding allows growers to seed many acres relatively quickly before harvest and it may be an option for Iowa corn and soybean growers,” says Dan Zinkand, cover crop consultant to the Oregon Ryegrass Growers. “Mike and Matt’s time-tested wisdom could save Iowa growers time, money and energy as they continue adopting cover crops.”

     Attendees are asked to RSVP to Tim Recker at or 563-920-3417, but walk-ins are welcome.

     For more information on this event, contact John Finley with Iowa Corn at 515-782-4188 or or Dan Zinkand with Oregon Ryegrass Growers at cell: 503-507-4423 or

     The event is sponsored by the Fayette County Corn Growers, Iowa Corn, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa Seed Association and Oregon Ryegrass Growers Commission.



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