Author Archives: Tim Buckley

Check out the Ryegrass Videos – lots of great info for beginners!

Some years back, the Oregon Ryegrass Commission produced a series of nine videos that detail aspects of growing annual ryegrass as a cover crop. Here are the links to the first videos in the two series: Annual Ryegrass – Discovering … Continue reading

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Beck’s Seed Quantifies Revenue Gains with Annual Ryegrass as a Cover Crop

Since 2011, Beck’s Seed has been conducting research on different cover crops. Below, they describe the study parameters, in which cover crop yields were compared to plots with no cover crops: In this study we are evaluating the advantages of … Continue reading

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New York Times on No-Till Farming and Cover Crops

The New York Times recently published another article praising no-till and cover crops, citing climate severity, costs, environmental concerns and soil health as prime reasons we’re seeing a “paradigm shift” in agricultural practices. Here’s an excerpt, talking about how cover … Continue reading

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Soil Health Partnership Promotes Cover Crops

The Soil Health Partnership is into its second full year, developing a network of farms in the Midwest that continue to innovate management practices. The Partnership is a combination of effort funded by Monsanto and the Walton Foundation and organized … Continue reading

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A Wrinkle on Early Harvest to Get Cover Crops in

There are still a few fields in which corn and beans were not harvested from last fall…too much rain. In some cases, growers chose to harvest earlier, however, when the corn had about 27% moisture, rather when it dried out … Continue reading

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Cover Crop Market News – Oregon and Midwest

The Winter 2015 edition of Oregon Seed magazine┬ádiscusses the trend in cover crop seed sales in the Midwest. The quote is from Dan Towery, an independent cover crop consultant and longtime conservation tillage educator.   For his part, Mike Plumer … Continue reading

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SARE Describes Benefits of ARG Cover Crop

If you want to build soil without investing much in a cover crop, consider annual ryegrass. This is from the website of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education. For the whole page, click here. The summary goes on: A quick-growing, … Continue reading

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Below the Surface with Annual Ryegrass Cover Crops

Having planted your cover crop…yeah, those of you lucky enough to have gotten to it with a late harvest and wet conditions…you might be wondering what’s going on below that snow right now. Well, for starters, what’s not happening above … Continue reading

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Cover Crops – Annual Ryegrass Sales Grow Even in Bad Weather

Cover cropping continues to grow in popularity and in acreage simply because it builds soil quality, improves yields and adds to profits. That mother nature doesn’t always cooperate hasn’t diminished the appetite for producers seeking to get on the most … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass: Part of New Adaptive Management Strategy

Adaptive management. Fancy title, basically meaning “be on top of developing situations in your fields and be ┬áready for a Plan B”. Many farmers already fit that definition to a TEE. When it comes to growing successful cover crops, however, … Continue reading

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