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Cover crop termination timing key this spring

Farmers will have to decide when to terminate cover crops this spring. David Kleinschmidt at Progressive Agronomy Consulting says farmers experiencing dry conditions may want to terminate early… “The bigger the cover crop gets, the more moisture it’s going to soak up.”  He says, “So,... Read More.

Montgomery County IL farmers talk cover crops

Farmers in Montgomery County, Illinois are taking to cover crops.   Mark Schweizer converted to a cereal rye cover crop system about five years ago, and tells Brownfield he’s already seen benefits… “It just seemed like that ground’s more mellow.”  He says, “It’s easier for that... Read More.

Unseasonably mild, Spring-like temps cover the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, record-setting warmth continues in advance of an approaching storm system.  On Monday, daily-record high temperatures included 70°F in Fargo, North Dakota, and 80°F in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sioux City, Iowa.  Later Tuesday, high temperatures will broadly top... Read More.

MSU working to prevent cover crop failure

A conservation agronomist is working with farmers to overcome challenges that come with incorporating cover crops. Madelyn Celovsky with Michigan State University Extension tells Brownfield weather can be a barrier. “This year was especially challenging, with harvest being delayed,” she shares. “Farmers that were planning on... Read More.

Cover crops up and growing in Illinois

Cover crop usage in the state of Illinois is up.   The 2022 Census of Agriculture shows Illinois farmers have planted more than 880,000 acres of cover crops.  East central Illinois farmer Dirk Rice, who plants a mix of covers, says it’s been a good season... Read More.

Unseasonable warmth could complicate cover crop management

Unseasonably warm weather could complicate cover crop management this spring. University of Minnesota soil scientist Jeff Strock says species like cereal rye and winter rye should enjoy fabulous growing conditions in the weeks ahead. “To put on above-ground biomass, to essentially be a scavenger for... Read More.

Iowa farmer sees benefits from cover crops ahead of soybeans

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... Read More.

Iowa farmer having success with wide variety of cover crops

A northwest Iowa crop and livestock producer is getting good results from a mix of cover crops.  Nathan Anderson grows corn, soybeans, and has a cow/calf operation in Cherokee County.  He says they use various cover crop species to feed livestock and improve... Read More.

Cover Crop Premium Discount Program open for enrollment in Indiana

Southern Indiana farmers can receive a discount on their crop insurance premiums for planting cover crops and protecting water quality. Trevor Laureys with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture tells Brownfield the Cover Crop Premium Discount Program provides a $5 per acre crop insurance... Read More.

Cover crops thriving in mild start to winter

An extension soils specialist says thriving cover crops are helping keep soil and nutrients in the fields with little to no snow on the ground. Daniel Smith is the Program Manager for the University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management program.  Smith says much... Read More.