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Proposed FEEDD Act Enables USDA to Allow Producers to Graze, Hay or Chop Cover Crops for Livestock

Cover crops could be harvested before Nov. 1 in the event of a feed shortage due to excessive moisture, flood or drought.
U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-MN-02) introduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act (FEEDD Act). The FEEDD Act will provide farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility to help alleviate feed shortages during planting seasons with high levels of prevent plant due to extreme moisture or drought.
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Cut Input Costs While Improving Yields

Utilizing data to "farm green" improves field conditions and results in less use of potash and lime.
A 27.5% decrease in synthetic nitrogen, 49.5% decrease in farm diesel, 91.8% decrease in MAP (monoammonium phosphate) and a 100% decrease in both lime and potash applications – these are just a few of the impressive input reductions Clark Land & Cattle have made from 2011 to 2018 – while improving yield averages year on year.
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Perennial Cover Crop Mixtures Make Great Forage for Cattle

The Saskatchewan Forage Council has created a resource for cattle producers on successful perennial pastures.
Traditional annuals and cocktail cover crop mixtures can make great forage for cattle on a temporary basis, but over the long haul a good stand of perennial pasture may be the best choice, according to Lorne Klein, range management extension specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture at Weyburn.
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Make Cover Crop Decisions Easier with Free NRCS Chart

The NRCS Cover Crop Chart includes information on 66 crop species that may be planted individually or in cocktail mixes, with information on growth cycle, relative water use, plant architecture, seeding depth, forage quality, pollination characteristics, and nutrient cycling are included for most crop species. Using the chart as a guide, users can select individual crop species by clicking on the name which will direct them to additional information about the selected crop. Icons within each crop page return the user to the chart, thereby easily allowing comparisons of different crops.
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[Video] Case Study: Raising Cover Crops for Grazing

University of Idaho Extension shares a case study of Nez Perce, Idaho, producer Drew Leitch, who raises cover crops for grazing during the time when his grass pastures dry up. Drew says experimenting with annual cover crops has benefited both his cattle operation and his cropping operation.
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Attend the 2020 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Join the most innovative, forward-thinking strip-till farmers, agronomists and researchers today at the 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, Neb., August 6-7, 2020. Discover practical cover cropping techniques and hundreds of proven ideas to boost your strip-till yields and save on input costs.

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