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Carbon Sequestration and Annual Ryegrass Cover Crop Acreage

Conservation tillage, in the best sense, includes cover crops. In addition to enriching the soil, cover crops literally inhale carbon dioxide from the air and use it for plant growth. What isn’t used for growth is eventually released back into … Continue reading

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Indiana Roots with Annual Ryegrass Cover Crops

Soil and Water  Conservation Districts are getting more and more involved in the promotion of cover crops. The reason is simple: over the past 20 years, it has been shown that cover crops protect the soil in ways that no-till … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass – When to Plant and How Much is Enough?

If you use a no-till drill to plant annual ryegrass, you get better seed to soil contact, but the timing becomes crucial because of crop harvest variability. In the past few years, corn and bean harvests have been later and, … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Helps Soil Microbiology Helps Soil Health

“Many times during a drought, plants are not as much water stressed as they are nutrient stressed,” said USDA soil microbiologist Kris Nichols. Cover crops feed a whole web of soil organisms…much more than mere crop residue. Those organisms seek … Continue reading

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Great Article about Soil Health – NoTill & Cover Crops are Key

Check out this great article in the recent edition of Furrow, published by John Deere Company.

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Annual Ryegrass Cover Crops in Iowa – Field Day on March 30th

COVER CROP FIELD DAY RYEGRASS vs. CEREAL RYE March 30TH – 10 a.m. Steve Berger Farm, 1267 Elm Ave., Wellman, IA Field  plot site is one-half mile North at Elm Ave & 120th St. Topics:  Benefits of Cover Crops – … Continue reading

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Iowa Grower Builds Soil, Stabilizes Organic Matter Losses with Cover Crops

Iowa Grower Builds Soil, Stabilizes Organic Matter Losses with Cover Crops Going to No-till in the late ’70 helped reduce loss of organic matter,” said Iowa grower Steve Berger, “but adding cover crops in the past decade has really made … Continue reading

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Hoosier Field Day Pushes Cover Crops – Annual Ryegrass – for Soil Health

From Hoosier Ag Today comes this article, about the value of cover crops on Midwest farmland. In particular, the field day spokesman, Hans Kok, said annual ryegrass has the great advantage of being able to uptake nitrogen left in the … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Becoming a “Go-To” Cover Crop in More US Locations

The Sustainable Agriculture Network (Maryland) has this to say about annual ryegrass. (See below, in italics.) If you want to build soil without investing much in a cover crop, consider annual ryegrass. A quick-growing, non-spreading bunch grass, annual ryegrass is … Continue reading

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