As harvest starts for many of Iowa’s fields, we have already completed one. Summer heat helps bring in the rye harvest. Tucked away in the heart of Whiterock Conservancy we grow Wheeler rye for our own cover crop program. Producing our own rye cuts down on our cover crop costs and adds another crop into the rotation giving soil a break from a corn-bean rotation. In addition, the rye provides seasonal forage for wildlife. We double down on rye production with a multispecies cover crop mix (rye, winter peas, clover, and tillage radish) to break up soil compaction and increase soil cover. Deer love this sweet cover crop mix in the fall which keeps our hunters hanging around the edge of the rye field! Visit us in coming years to see how we incorporate rye for production into our farm program to break up crop cycles while maintaining yields for our cover crop program.