Cover Crops at the Small Watershed Scale

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm

INRC Director Matt Helmers will discuss the impact of cover crop implementation on water quality in two small watersheds for an Iowa Learning Farms webinar,  Wednesday, March 3, at noon.

During this webinar, Helmers will highlight three years of water quality monitoring data after cover crop implementation, part of a project conducted under The Conservation Learning Lab. The project, started in 2016, posed the question, β€œCan high levels of cover crop implementation and reduced tillage be obtained on a small watershed scale, and water quality improvement documented accordingly?” The project focused on small watersheds β€” between 500 and 1,300 total acres in size β€” and two pilot watersheds were chosen in Floyd and Story counties.

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