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Iowa farmer sees benefits from cover crops ahead of soybeans

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A northwest Iowa farmer is seeing benefits from planting cover crops ahead of soybeans.

“Including increased weed control.”

Sam Bennett of Ida County says cover crops suppress weeds, allowing him to cut back on herbicide use.

“We figure that the cover crop is paying for itself after we see some weed control benefits from it, so we get all the other benefits for free basically. We’re seeing better water infiltration in the soil since those cover crops are putting roots down deep.”

He says they generally plant cereal rye before soybeans and oats ahead of corn.

Iowa farmer sees benefits from cover crops ahead of soybeans