Cover Crop Strategies editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at various aspects of our great agricultural industry. Here is our favorite content from the past week:

Comparing Cover Crop Termination Methods

In this video, National Center for Appropriate Technology sustainable agriculture specialist Rex Dufour introduces the different methods of terminating cover crops. He goes into detail about the equipment used and the benefits of each method.

Risks of Poisoning Livestock with Cover Crops

Sorghum sudangrass, hybrid pearl millet, dwarf essex rape, purple top turnips, clovers and buckwheat carry some risk of poisoning different species of livestock. In this video from Dowdle Family Farms, Rob Dowdle discusses how to avoid these risks when growing cover crops for livestock to eat.

Triticale: More than Just a Cover Crop

Triticale's versatility goes beyond being just a cover crop. In this video, Michigan State University Forage and Cover Crop Specialist Kim Cassida says maximizing the benefits of triticale lies in being meticulous about management, including seed placement, seeding rate and nutrients.

Cereal Rye Opens Door to Diverse Rotation

Farmers Rachel and Alec Amundson of Osage, Iowa, share how raising cereal rye for cover crop seed has enabled them to break out of a corn-soybean rotation while providing much needed seed to other farmers.

Using Cover Crops to Get the Most Out of Manure Applications

Check out this article to read why livestock producers might consider using cover crops to capture more of the manure nutrients, especially the nitrogen, while also preventing soil erosion.

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