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Producers reap rewards of cover crops

08/27/2020 03:00 PM South Dakota State University finds cover cropping can increase profits for producers even in the first few years. The longer farmers use cover crops, the more likely they are to see the benefits and to use the conservation practice on a higher percentage of their farmland, according to a survey of eastern South Dakota producers. Read more

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Using Cover Crops to Reduce Nitrate Leaching

08/27/2021 1:30 PM Planting cover crops during the winter fellow period has potential for on-farm and off-site benefits. The preliminary data presented here demonstrates the ability of cover crops to recapture nitrogen as it moves through the soil profile during the fallow winter period, thus reducing the negative environmental impacts of excess nitrogen fertilizer use on drinking water quality in the municipal wells. Read more…

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Updated Building Soils for Better Crops Focuses on Soil Health Fundamentals

08/10/2021 1:30 PM Now more than ever, it is abundantly clear that healthy soils play an essential role in productive agricultural systems. Soils are foundational to the food we eat and fundamental to life on earth. Focusing on sustainable soil management has shown to increase farm and ranch profitability, improve crop yield and provide other critical services related to water, air and climate. SARE’s newest book, the fourth edition of Building Soils for Better Crops, provides rich detail on ecologically…

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