Thirty-three Nevada High School ag business students were able to witness interseeding of oats into a field of soybeans on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Interseeding is becoming very popular in cropping systems due to the benefits of increasing organic matter, improving tilth and soil structure, and preventing erosion.

The students traveled to Section 34 in Grant Township, where a Hagie high clearance machine was operating a Montag seeding unit component. Hagie provided the application to Central Iowa farmers and landowners wanting to experience the interseeding practice. Heartland Cooperative provided seed sales and tendering.

For many, interseeding meets a component of the NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program, or CSP. Farmers and landowners accepted into the CSP program work one-on-one with NRCS staff to implement innovative land management practices. The CSP offers financial incentives for this cooperative initiative. CSP is for working lands and is the largest conservation program in the United States, with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forestland enrolled in CSP.