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Wheat: A Gateway Crop to Soil Health, Resilience & More


This virtual field day is presented by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Indiana SARE, Purdue Extension Ogranic Agriculture, and Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI)

COST: None

Thursday, August 13th 12:30 pm-2:00 pm EDT, 11:30 am-1:00 pm CT 

WHEAT: A Gateway Crop to Soil Health, Resilience and More

Adding wheat (or other small grains) into crop rotations opens the door to possibility. Not only do these crops invite you to plant a diverse cover crop and graze it, adding a small-grain crop can lay the foundation for a transition to organic. Managed properly, these possibilities can result in net profit. While some think of wheat as “poverty grass,” it’s time to reframe this versatile crop and rediscover its profit potential. In this virtual event, we’ll explore the farm management and economic implications of wheat and all its opportunities.

The virtual field day will cover:

  • Wheat production
  • Cover crops
  • Grazing cover crops
  • Economics of extended rotations
  • Small-grain markets and Soil Health

Thursday, August 20th 12:30 pm-2:00 pm EDT, 11:30 am-1:00 pm CT

Post-Field Day Training & Panel Discussion (*ICP Staff Only)


Field Day Recap

Small grains program presentation

Panel discussion: Jim Moseley, Jim Moseley Farms, Inc.; Dan DeSutter, DeSutter Farms; Alisha Bower, Practical Farmers of Iowa


*This is a two part event for ICP Staff. One registration enters you into both events:


Non-ICP Staff (general public) may register for just the Virtual Field Day at the following link:



Sheila Schroeder,, 219-863-0197

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