Cover Crop Bandwagon Frustrates Farmers

MAY 10, 2018 1:05 PM, Ag Web by Farm Journal

On a bitterly cold April morning outside Alexander, Iowa, Roy Arends stands on a county road and stares at ground seeded the previous fall. Bare, black dirt across a naked 40 acres. Despite planting tillage radishes in October, he is forced to walk into the field to find a visible trace of isolated 2” sprouts with anemic volume. Arends is dealing with stark reality: Cover crops are failing on his farm.

Arends has served 11 years on the Iowa Soybean Association, and the blunt-spoken producer rides no bandwagon. “I want covers to work, but I farm in the real world. All I hear is blind promotion and all I see on my farm is a lack of cover success.” Read more

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