Thinking Outside the Box with Cover Crops Field Day | IAWA

June 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dennis Vittetoe Farm
2630 Iowa Highway 92 Washington
Debra Boekholder
(515) 232-5661

Learn About a Wide Variety of Ways to Use Cover Crops in Your Operation

Whether you are interested in using a single species such as cereal rye, or diverse multi-species mixes, this field day has you covered. Mike and Denny Vittetoe will discuss the benefits and challenges they’ve experienced thus far on their cover crop journey. 

Allison Robertson, ISU extension plant pathologist, will share research her lab has conducted to understand the role of seeding disease in yield drag. She will also discuss best management strategies to reduce disease. Robertson coordinates and provides leadership for corn and soybean disease diagnosis and management information, and education programs for corn and soybean farmers and agribusiness professionals throughout Iowa. 

Topics include the following:

  • Cereal rye cover crop for corn and soybeans
  • Mitigating potential corn seeding disease following a cover crop
  • Diverse cover crop mixes
  • Inter-seeding corn with cover crops in early summer

About the Vittetoe Farm

Mike and Denny operate a multi-generation family farm in Washington County raising corn, soybeans, and hogs. Family members strive to be good stewards of the land by using no-till and cover crops. They also conduct on-farm research to continue searching for ways to learn and improve their practices. Furthermore, the Vittetoes have been experimenting with early inter-seeding into corn as a way to increase cover crop species diversity.


  • From U.S. 218, take Iowa Highway 92 west toward Ainsworth. The Vittetoe farm is located about 5 miles west of U.S. 218 on the right (north) side of Iowa Highway 92.
  • From Washington, take Iowa Highway 92 east out of town for about 1.5 miles. The Vittetoe farm is located on the left (north) side of Iowa Highway 92.

Other Details:

Dinner will be provided. As a result, please RSVP by Wedesday, June 20, to Debra Boekholder at (515) 232-5661. Michael Vittetoe, one of the hosts, is available at (319) 461-3702 or at

This field day is sponsored by the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance and Iowa Farmers Union.

Vittetoe Field Day Poster, "Thinking Outside the Box with Cover Crops"

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