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.
How to cut input costs while improving cash crop yields
Lessons learned while visiting an Indiana corn and soybean farm making the most of cover crops
A 27.5 percent decrease in synthetic nitrogen, 49.5 percent decrease in farm diesel, 91.8 percent decrease in MAP (monoammonium phosphate) and a 100 percent decrease in both lime and potash applications – these are just a few of the impressive input reductions Clark Land & Cattle have made from 2011 to 2018 – while improving yield averages year on year.
It’s time to ditch Dixie
Plant breeding improvements have given the industry better alternatives to industry standard cover crop varieties
When Dixie Crimson Clover was released in 1953, its trait for hard seeds filled a huge market need for a re-reseeding pasture legume. The ability it gave producers to easily add natural nitrogen and protein into pasture quickly made it the industry standard variety – a title it still holds today. However, after decades of no varietal or production oversight, Dixie Crimson Clover, no longer has any trait consistency.
Here’s what you need to know about interseeding cover crops into corn
If done correctly, interseeding cover crops into corn can uplift grain yields
To get a head start on establishing winter covers, interseeding has started to become a popular practice by producers in the northern region of the Corn Belt. Quite a bit of experimentation has been done over the last few years by farmers and researchers trying to dial in which species work best, when to plant, how to plant and which herbicides to avoid.
Assessing pastures and hay ground for winterkill
A tough winter means alfalfa, clover and grass are at risk for winterkill
To put it simply, it’s been a doozy of a winter for a lot of folks across the country. While writing this, the upper Midwest is experiencing temperatures of 20°- 30° F below normal, and the northeast is 10°- 20° F below normal. Further south, Arizona has broken a 126-year record with 35.9” of snow in a day. With all this going on, one would almost think Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions of an early spring weren’t accurate!
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