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Green under White – The Ideal Winter Color Scheme involves Cover Crops

As winter approaches, the fields now stripped of corn and beans ought to have a cover of green before the snow flies. First, and foremost, if winter snow comes late or not enough, your soil can be stripped from your … Continue reading

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Cover Crops – A Living, Healing Insurance Plan

  Having a cover crop is the best insurance plan you could have. Consider: It costs very little and insures against a range of disastrous consequences like erosion, compaction, depletion of nutrients and being overrun with weeds Cover crops like … Continue reading

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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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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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Farmer Success Stories with Annual Ryegrass

Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of farms across the Midwest have quit tillage practices because they harm the soil. Instead, they’ve gone to no-till and cover crops. To review reasons to switch to cover crops, click here … Continue reading

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Cover Crops Bolster the Health of Mycorrhizal Networks – and Why That’s a Good Thing!

The term mycorrhizae refers to fungi present in the soil and the positive influence it has on the root system of host plants nearby, aiding both to the health of soil biology and soil chemistry. These fungi enhance the uptake … Continue reading

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Recalling a Man Who Put Annual Ryegrass on the Cover Crop Map

  Mike Plumer was a guy who made sure he knew what he was talking about before he’d open his mouth. He didn’t tout his academic degrees or his professional experience as much as giving you the benefit of his … Continue reading

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