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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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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  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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Planting Annual Ryegrass into Knee High Corn

Interseeding Cover Crops in the Northern US In recent years, growers and agronomists in Canadian Province of Quebec have been creating a “game changer” in agriculture, with the addition of cover crops, according to Dan Towery. In northern latitudes, with … Continue reading

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Looking at Crimson Clover in Cover Crop Mix with Annual Ryegrass

  Looking at Crimson Clover in Cover Crop Mix with Annual Ryegrass Crimson clover’s peak potential to fix Nitrogen is just before it blooms. It can fix the most nitrogen (up to 135b/ac) in the soil at that time. But … Continue reading

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Killing Annual Ryegrass – Be Precise for Success

At every trade show and field day, we hear the story (thankfully, fewer times each year) about how “hard it is to kill annual ryegrass.” Invariably, when you ask a couple of specific questions, the problem becomes very clear. “In … Continue reading

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Cover Crop Learning Opportunities this Winter

In February, in Omaha, a cover crop symposium is attracting cover crop innovators, big seed dealers, seed growers and equipment company reps to discuss how to quickly grow the cover crop usage. Cover crops are now planted on approximately 2 … Continue reading

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Interseeding Annual Ryegrass in New Corn?

Quebec, Canada. Who’d have thought about planting cover crops there? Daniel Briere, an agronomist with Plant Production Quebec, works with local farmers on a novel way to plant annual ryegrass – late in the spring, about six weeks after corn … Continue reading

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Cover Crop Acreage Tops 2 Million Acres in Midwest?

In 2005 there were not many cover crops being planted in the Midwest.   Although annual ryegrass had very positive results, management was seen as somewhat complex and there was limited adoption. Here it is, almost 9 years later, and the … Continue reading

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