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Herbicide Carryover in Cover Crops – New Free Guides

In the past couple of years, there has been increasing concern about the impact of residual herbicides in the field hampering or killing cover crops, including annual ryegrass. Mike Plumer, a pioneer in the cover crop renaissance in the Midwest, … Continue reading

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Cover Crops and Carbon Sequestration

The recent Climate conference in Paris included talk about cover crops and carbon sequestration. With a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, scientists are looking at ways to improve the soil’s capacity to regain some of what it has … Continue reading

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Dan Towery to Present on Cover Crop Limitations

The 24th Annual National No-Till Conference will take place Jan 6 – 9, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Dan Towery and a close working colleague, Hans Kok, will present on Jan 7th. here’s a description of that … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Seed Dealer List for 2016

Growth in sales have continue to match growth of acreage of annual ryegrass as a cover crop. Will we reach 20 million acres in Midwest cover crops acres by 2020? At present rate of growth, perhaps not. But farmers understand … Continue reading

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NRCS Funds Expanded Use of Cover Crops

From No-Till Magazine’s managing editor this week, an article about expanded use of federal taxpayer funds for establishing agricultural conservation measures. Click here for the whole article. Below, a portion of that article. It’s becoming ever more clear that the … Continue reading

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Farmers increasing cover-crop use

The annual report from the CTIC (Conservation Technology Info Center) published recently is more good news for the soil, the planet and the farmers who employ the cover crop technique. (Click here for the full report, including graphs). The news … Continue reading

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Midwest Cover Crop Council Helps Soybean Producers with Publication

The Midwest Cover Crop Council is a beneficial site for learning a great deal about specifics on successful cover crops. Click here for their website: Here’s their summary of benefits of cover crops: WHAT DO COVER CROPS DO FOR THE … Continue reading

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Field Day for Cover Crops in Illinois

A cover crop field day has been scheduled at two locations in Illinois’ Coe Township, convened by the Rock Island Soil & Water Conservation District.(See below for specifics) According to an article in the Dispatch-Argus paper in Moline, IL, cover … Continue reading

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Video – Innovations with Cover Crop Seeding – Jamie Scott

Indiana cover crop pioneer and innovator Jamie Scott presented an informative overview of cover crop seeding options in 2014. Click here to access the video.

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Annual Ryegrass Roots – What’s Going on There?

Pioneering cover crop use in the 1990s, University of Illinois Extension educator Mike Plumer discovered something that surprised everybody. Annual ryegrass has a root structure that grows to depths of more than five feet over winter, while the top growth … Continue reading

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