Building your optimum cover crop mixture ahead of soybeans
There’s still time for a spring cover crop ahead of soybeans
Soybean producers that didn’t manage to get a cover crop in the ground last fall still have time to cash in on the benefits of a cover crop ahead of spring planting.
Using berseem clover to improve alfalfa production
Increase hay quality through the synergistic relationship between berseem clover and alfalfa
For alfalfa producers needing to renovate fields suffering from winterkill or looking to increase the quality and yield of this season’s hay crop, improved cover crop varieties are a viable solution.
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.
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