Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network


The Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network (ICCON) convenes cover crop specialists from across Illinois and the broader Midwest region for monthly discussions to explore new research, troubleshoot field conditions, and provide updates on policies and programs related to cover crops. Engaging with presentations by experts, researchers, and industry leaders, our ICCON calls provide an opportunity to share knowledge and network with a strong community of cover crop enthusiasts.

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Read about past ICCON calls:

Illinois Cover Crop Legislation: Insights from ICCON’s June Update

By Torey Colburn | June 18, 2024

On June 12th ICCON was joined by Dylan Cook, Midwest Policy Manager with American Farmland Trust, Dr. Corey Lacey, Environmental Policy Manager with Illinois Soybean Association, and special guest, Dr.…

Illinois Crop Consultant Discusses C:N Ratios of Cover Crops Ahead of Termination

By Torey Colburn | April 17, 2024

In concluding the Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network’s (ICCON) three-part series on soil health testing, David Kleinschmidt, owner of Progressive Agronomy Consulting in Illinois, shared valuable insights into how he…

Probing Into Soil Health Tests: Soil Health Test Parameters to Guide Management Decisions

By Torey Colburn | March 19, 2024

In the most recent session of the Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network (ICCON) presentation, ICCON had the pleasure of hosting Robert (Bob) Schindelbeck, Director of the Cornell Soil Health Laboratory…

Probing Into Soil Health Tests: Dr. Patrick Freeze Recaps the Haney Soil Health Test

By Torey Colburn | February 21, 2024

To kick off the first call of ICCON’s Probing Into Soil Health Tests: Which Test is Best? series, ICCON hosted Dr. Patrick Freeze from Ward Laboratories, Inc. to delve into…

ICCON Discusses NLRS Challenges and Feasibility of Achieving Interim Goals

By ISAP Coordinator | January 16, 2024

During the January ICCON call, the network had the pleasure of hosting Adrienne Marino, Water Quality Program Manager at the Nature Conservancy in Illinois. Marino shared a comprehensive overview of…

ICCON Recaps The 2023 National Cover Crop Survey

By Torey Colburn | December 20, 2023

On December 13, ICCON welcomed Dr. Rob Meyers, the Director for the Center for Regenerative Agriculture at the University of Missouri, for an insightful discussion on the outcomes of the…

Using Citizen Science to Understand Cover Crop Performance in the Great Lakes Region

By Frank Rademacher | November 14, 2023

On November 9th, 2023, ICCON was joined by Etienne Sutton, a PhD candidate and National Institute of Food and Agriculture fellow from the University of Michigan School for Environment and…

Cover Crop Mixes for Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity

By ISAP Coordinator | September 20, 2023

On September 13, 2023, ICCON was joined by Tyson Seirer from STAR Seed, an independent seed supplier based in Osborne, Kansas. Tyson helps growers access the unique seed resources at…

Cover Crop Solutions for In-Field Concerns

By Torey Colburn | August 15, 2023

On August 9, 2023 ICCON was joined by Bethany Bedeker, Cover Crop Education Specialist in the Center for Regenerative Agriculture at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Bethany focused on…

Rate Calculations for Cover Crop Mixes

By Torey Colburn | July 19, 2023

On July 12th ICCON was joined by Chase Brown of Brown Seed Sales in Central Illinois to discuss the considerations and mechanics of rate calculations in multi-species cover crop mixes.…


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