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Farm Progress Show Features Cover Crop Ed

The annual Farm Progress Show was held in Boone, Iowa, again this year, and cover crops were a popular topic of conversation. According to a blog post by Practical Farmers of Iowa, it appears that “we’ve turned a corner with cover … Continue reading

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Old Ways Fade as Cover Crops Gain Favor

Iowa isn’t known as an early adopter with cover crops. But according to an article in Farm Journal recently, more than half of the acres in production in that state are leased. So, while farmers themselves may choose to do … Continue reading

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Mike Plumer – Granddaddy of Modern-day Cover Crop Advocacy

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before we had met Mike Plumer, he already had more than a decade of advocacy and research into no-till farming and cover crops, especially annual ryegrass. At the time, Mike was an … Continue reading

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Feed the World? Feed the Soil First

The American Dust Bowl was a reminder about taking care of the soil. Yet here we are only 75 years beyond that deadly scourge and we find that the soil is still taken for granted. Cover crops are an inexpensive … Continue reading

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Aerial Seeding Annual Ryegrass

Planting annual ryegrass or other cover crops in the fall is tricky. Weather determines when the harvest arrives. If the ground is wet, the harvest can be delayed. If winter arrives early, there may not be enough time to plant … Continue reading

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Planting Annual Ryegrass as a SPRING Cover Crop

It may have begun in Canada, the practice of planting annual ryegrass as a cover crop into knee-high corn. Based on the pioneering work of cover crop innovators like Daniel Briere, an agronomist with Plant Production Quebec, hundreds of northern Corn … 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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Soil Health Partnership Grows From a Desire to Thrive – Biologically and Economically!

The National Corngrowers Association started the Midwest Soil Health Partnership three years ago. Here’s what they say about the novel effort, supported at the beginning by Monsanto, The Walton Family Foundation and with technical support from The Nature Conservancy. Among its staff is … Continue reading

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Beating Compaction with Annual Ryegrass

  An article this week in No-Till Farmer, about a well-attended seminar at the recent National No-Till Conference. Click here for the whole article. Beating Compaction While radishes get a reputation for being a compaction buster, Hans Kok and Dan … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Management Guide – Comprehensive

Every year, the Oregon Ryegrass Commission updates its publications based on the prior year’s experience. We have updated  two free annual ryegrass management guides for those using it as a cover crop. The 4-page guide is more comprehensive. Click here. … Continue reading

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