September 8th, 2021


Wednesday 8th September, 2021

Cedar Falls Lifestyle Inn Lounge and Conference Center

(Formerly the Clarion Inn)

Spouses Night

Harvesting Sunlight for the benefit of the Corn, the Soil and the Water


Bob Recker will speak to us on the topic of Harvesting Sunlight for the benefit of the Corn, the Soil and the Water. For those growers searching for more effective methods to gain the benefits of cover crops within their current practices, wide rows are worth considering. This discussion will start with Why Wide Rows, then cover some of the results observed by Bob and others, as well as the risks associated with them. A simple method to allow a grower to conduct his own field trial of wide rows with his existing equipment will be presented. A lively group discussion is expected and welcomed..

Spouses Night Program Chair: Steve Crouse

Speaker: Bob Recker

Bob Recker retired from John Deere Product Engineering after a 41 year career in Waterloo, IA. His post-Deere activities have focused on “paying back” the farmers of the world for his effective and rewarding career. His agricultural passion has centered on enabling better sunlight utilization by corn while providing additional sunlight for cover, grazing, or companion crops. His earlier work on strip intercropping has transitioned to an emphasis on wide corn rows and cover crops.

Meal: Dinner includes rolls, butter, coffee, tea and milk.

  • Cod,

  • Baby Red Mashed Potatoes,

  • Broccoli

  • Lemon Meringue Pie / Bananna Cream

Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions so that we can provide an alternative for you.

Price: $20.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

The Lifestyles Inn has requested that we collect cash for the meal and not checks. “Cash Please” ☺


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Dinner Meeting Location: Cedar Falls Lifestyles Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Presentation: ~7:30-8:30 PM

Dinner Reservations can be made by emailing:

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Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by noon, Monday 6th August 2021. Guests are always welcome.

Dues: Dues are used almost entirely for donations to local groups engaging in some technical field for which the money will make a real difference. Please join us in their support by becoming a member for $20 a year. Our Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail:

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.