Category Archives: Soil Quality

Annual Ryegrass – The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Ok, so the use of this cliche, “the best defense is a good offense” won’t stand up in today’s rough and tumble world of sports. Imagine the Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban or Clemson’s Dabo Swinney trying that strategy in … Continue reading

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Independence Day – for Cover Crops, it’s Inter-dependence Day…every day!

Remember the bumper sticker: “Every day is Earth Day for farmers?” This Independence Day, think about that bumper sticker. Just because we farm, does it mean we’re in tune with everything Mother Nature brings forth? Does it mean that farming … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Weather, A New Kind of Pioneer

Two hundred tornadoes in two weeks? What next, will we have to have to protect ourselves from frogs falling from the sky? It has always been a challenge to stay flexible to what Mother Nature throws: a deeper, longer, windier … Continue reading

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Is “Good Enough” Good Enough Anymore?

When has “good enough” been your measure for anything? Raising your kids? No! Nothing’s good enough for them, right? Electing honest leaders? Imagine where America would be if we decided that mediocre was all we could expect from those we … Continue reading

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Earth Day – A Tribute to No Till and Cover Crops

Perhaps the hoopla about climate change and global warming is yielding some new converts to no-till and cover cropping. Not to say whether “man caused” or “cyclical trends” is the primary factor for the increased severe weather in the Midwest. … Continue reading

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Exceeding with Interseeding

When you think about planting this spring, consider whether you might want to include annual ryegrass seed in the mix. More producers are adding an annual ryegrass seeding in late spring, planted between rows after corn has reached mid calf … Continue reading

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Once The Floods Recede!

Geez, Louise! Another crappy winter leading into a way too damn damp Spring! When the water recedes, many conventional tillers will be faced with another plague: erosion. All the damage – washouts, drain tiles plugged, and the value of land … Continue reading

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How to Pull Nitrogen into Corn with Annual Ryegrass

One of the dozen benefits from planting a cover crop like annual ryegrass is to sequester, or uptake, available nitrogen (N) in the soil. This is accomplished mostly by reducing the amount of N that leaches out of the field … Continue reading

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Erosion Control – Listen to Cover Crop Innovator Steve Groff

It’s hard to believe that no-till and cover crops are still a strange concept to farmers, even after all the positive news there has been about it. Even after 30 years of increased popularity, less than 10 percent of Midwest … Continue reading

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Ryegrass, Good for a Climate Goin’ Through Some Changes

Science tends to win out over guesswork. Few would disavow centuries of medical experience in favor of hocus-pocus and suspicions. Similarly, those with decades of working the soil tend to heed the sciences pertinent to agriculture, rather than winging it … Continue reading

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