Setting and achieving your cover crop goals
Successful cover cropping requires planning and setting realistic expectations
Cover crops can be used to benefit multiple aspects of your operation. However, in order to see notable improvement, specific areas you want to progress must be outlined so that a plan of action can be formed accordingly. As we get through the start of the New Year, now is a good time to set goals for cover crop performance and develop a strategic plan to achieve them.
Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
4 ways cover crops protect natural resources
Integrating cover crops can improve soil and water quality
As we look back through the last 12 months, it is safe to say 2019 was a trying time for most agricultural producers. From unprecedented flooding during critical planting periods leading to delays in fall harvest to the brutal winter that battered a majority of livestock operations, the spirit of the American farmer and rancher has been tested – of which many have persevered.
Giving Thanks for Cover Crops
We have many blessings to count when it comes to cover crops
As we count our blessings during the lead-up to Thanksgiving, cover crops are something that should be on every agricultural producer’s and consumer’s list. Here are a few of the reasons why:
Don’t panic. There’s still time to get a fall cover crop in
Cereal rye is a good go-to late season cover crop. Here’s what you need to know about getting it established
If you’re a corn or soybean producer in the Midwest, chances are you’re feeling the hangover from last spring’s planting conditions that have led to a significant lag in crop maturity. With rumblings about an early frost and cold snap for this area of the country and into parts of the Great Plains, there’s been increasing concern from producers worried about getting a cover crop in this fall.
Covering your assets during drought
Cover crops protect soil and retain water
Benjamin Franklin was right on the money about all of us being able to count on death and taxes at some point in time, but he overlooked one other guarantee – drought. Even now, just a few months after certain parts of the country have seen waters recede following unprecedented flooding this spring, the United States Drought Monitor is showing areas of drought pop up in the Pacific Northwest, Corn Belt, Southeast and majority of Texas and Oklahoma.
A cash crop farmer’s advice for a successful cover crop
Indiana corn and soybean farmer, Dave Chance, says mindset is crucial to having a successful cover crop
It’s been a tough year for many producers throughout the Midwest with record acreage going into prevent plant. Dave Chance of Chance Farms in Lebanon, Ind., was no exception this spring, drilling 600 acres of his 2,200 acre corn and soybean farm with cover crops. Unable to get any corn in the ground, Dave managed to plant 1,450 acres of soybeans.
Post-flooding soil restoration with cover crops
Attention to soil health is essential to mitigate long-term production impacts caused by floods
As row crop and hay producers throughout the country navigate the recovery process from this spring and summer’s excessive flooding, attention is needed for what is happening below ground.
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