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Tips for Managing Cover Crop Mixes for More No-Till Benefits

Choosing a cover crop cocktail is only a start, says Adam Daugherty, as managing carbon-to-nitrogen ratios and adapting planting strategies play a big role in success.

There are many variables for growers to consider when they’re implementing cover-crop mixes into their no-till rotation — including mix design, carbon-to-nitrogen (C:N) ratios, cash crop goals, termination strategies and biomass management.

“The goals will be different for everyone and will change from field to field, with changing conditions and with time,” says NRCS district conservationist Adam Daugherty.

Here are strategies for thinking through some of these important decisions that were shared by Daugherty at…

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