Raising Cover Crop Seed May Alleviate Supply Headaches

No-tillers could lower costs and diversify income by raising cover crop seed, but knowing state and federal seed laws is important if it becomes a business.

Pictured Above: SEED COMING. Cereal rye is harvested at the 5,500-acre, mixed-use Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids, Iowa, where 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans are raised. The organization has been raising cereal rye for seed since 2008, and also using it as part of a diversified mix to better utilize available nutrients in the soil and improve soil health, says land manager Rob Davis

While there are plenty of companies who are making cover…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.


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