Presenter: Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa
“Make cover crops pay on your farm as an economic tool,” Carlson said. “How can we make it pay? Control cover crop seed costs by using inexpensive ones first, reduce herbicide cost since cover crops control weeds, avoid cover crop failure by ensuring herbicide programs match up, and avoid redundant expenses since no stabilizer may be needed when cover crops are in use.”
Sarah Carlson joined Practical Farmers of Iowa staff in the fall of 2007 and is currently the Strategic Initiatives Director. She helps transfer agronomic research about cover crops and small grains through supply chain projects, articles, blogs and presentation materials while working to improve the support for cover crop and small grains research. She also serves as an agronomist on the staff transferring ideas for solutions to integrated crop and livestock concerns from farmers’ stories, results from on-farm research projects and her own knowledge as a trained agronomist. In the spring of 2008 Sarah completed her Masters Program co-majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Crop Production/Physiology in Iowa State’s Agronomy Department.
The Grand River conference was organized by St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) and hosted by Smithfield Foods at their regional office in Princeton, Missouri on May 17, 2018. RAE is in engaged in a large project to capture methane from hog manure at Smithfield’s nine northern Missouri farms and convert it to renewable natural gas using anaerobic digestion systems.
“Through this initiative, multiple partners are coming together to improve the local landscape and waterways,” said Rudi Roeslein, President and Founder of Roeslein Alternative Energy. “Together, we’re creating a pathway that works; a market-based solution around nutrient losses, water quality, and clean air.”