Don’t panic. There’s still time to get a fall cover crop in


October 2019


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


September 2019


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


August 2019


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


July 2019


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


June 2019


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


May 2019


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


April 2019


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.


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