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Cover Crops Continue to Boost Yield and Expand Acreage

A survey of more than 1,200 farmers across the country revealed that cover crops boosted corn yields last year by a mean of 3.66 bushels per acre (2.1 percent) and increased soybeans by an average of 2.19 bushels per acre (4.2 percent)—the third year in a row a yield increase following cover crops was recorded by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Cover Crop Survey. Read more

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Free Webinar – Increasing Cover Crop Sales for Ag Retailers: Opportunities for Revenue, Soil Health and Water Quality

The Partnership for Ag Resource Management announces free webinar opportunity “Increasing Cover Crop Sales for Ag Retailers: Opportunities for Revenue, Soil Health and Water Quality” on Friday July 24, 10 – 11:15 am EST, 9 – 10:15 am CST. Discover how offering cover crops to your grower clients can be beneficial to everyone’s bottom line. Learn about basic soil health principles and how cover crops are key to making those happen for your customers. Improving soil health not only cleans…

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Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide, second edition, ORDER NOW

The Midwest Cover Crop Council has recently updated their Cover Crop Field Guide. Producers who want to prevent soil erosion, improve nutrient cycling, sustain their soils, and protect the environment have been returning to a very old practice: planting cover crops. Although farmers have been using cover crops for centuries, today’s producers are part of a generation that has little experience with them. As they rediscover the role that cover crops can play in sustainable farming systems, many growers find…

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A Simple Strip-Till Plan Produces Diverse Results

With his bare-bones row-unit setup on a rented toolbar, Jerry Henkel doesn’t consider himself a traditional strip-tiller. But for the last 15 years, Henkel’s simple approach to strip-till has helped reduce nitrogen usage, improve corn yields and nearly eliminate erosion concerns. Read more

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Cover Crops as a Livestock Feed

Cover crops have increased use over recent years to assist crop farmers to capture soil nutrients, protect soil, preserve moisture and generally improve soil health. Many cover crops are grown during fallow time between the main cash crops grown on the farm. Livestock producers can reap these same conservation benefits while capturing forage nutrients by grazing or harvesting as hay/silage. Read more

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