Category Archives: General Information

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 discusses 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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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  ready 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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Russian Livestock Plan Calls for Cover Crops

Russia has moved into mega farming of livestock, and a lot of American advisers have helped them along the way. Here’s an article segment from Beef magazine, from its June 2014 issue. The article introduces readers to Miratorg, a “vertically … Continue reading

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Cover Crop Chart from USDA-ARS

The USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in North Dakota published this chart a couple years ago. It’s a nice resource for the list of viable cover crops you can utilize. It contains some basic growing and growth characteristics, including the … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass in a Cover Crop Mix with Rapeseed

Ron Althof is an agronomist and cover crop seed specialist working out of Effingham, Illinois. In a recent conversation, he talked about the value of cover crop mixes. And while some “cocktail” mixes can contain more than a dozen different … Continue reading

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