Soil Health

Decomposing Cover Crops Serve as Sidedress Pass

World dryland corn yield record holder times decomposition of species in cover crop mix to provide nutrients to no-till corn crop throughout the season

According to the 2024 Cover Crops Operational Practices Survey, managing carbon to nitrogen (C:N) ratios is the second-most challenging aspect of cover cropping


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John Deere, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund Announce Plan to Aid Conservation Ag Adoption

The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund (SWOF) and John Deere announce new collaboration, bringing an integration of field data to farmers participating in SWOF’s agricultural ecosystem services program.
The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund (SWOF) and John Deere announce new collaboration, bringing an integration of field data to farmers participating in SWOF’s agricultural ecosystem services program.
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American Farmland Trust Offers Advanced Soil Health Training for Cover Crop 'Influencers'

AFT will sponsor and train soil health advisors who can share their expertise with their communities to support the scaling-up of climate-smart agricultural practices
American Farmland Trust's one-year Advanced Soil Health Training course is made up of four two-day in-person, in-region training sessions in the Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, New York, and New England.
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Cover Crop Connection

Cereal Rye vs. Winter Wheat: Is One Better than the Other?

This week I traveled to Weninger Farms for a Pre-Planting Clinic hosted by the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water. The event was filled with lots of great discussions and presentations. Here’s Cover Crop Specialist Brendon Blank answering the age old question of which one is better: winter wheat or cereal rye?


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[Podcast] How to Improve Cover Crop Performance and Increase Biomass

In this episode of the Cover Crop Strategies podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, listen to a conversation with Etienne Sutton, a PhD candidate at University of Michigan studying in the Soil & Agroecosystems Lab. She talks about her research on what factors affect cover crop biomass levels and how to improve cover crop performance overall.
In this episode of the Cover Crop Strategies podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, listen to a conversation with Etienne Sutton, a PhD candidate at University of Michigan studying in the Soil & Agroecosystems Lab. She talks about her research on what factors affect cover crop biomass levels and how to improve cover crop performance overall. 
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Multi-Year Cover Crop Project Aims to Quantify Changes in Soil Health

Improved soil health, reduction in chemical and fertilizer needs, field workability and yield are all points of discussion with cover crops. For some farmers in Iowa, cover crops have been adopted and thrive as a management practice. Other farmers still have questions about the overall benefits and risks surrounding the practice.
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The National Strip-Tillage Conference returns August 8-9, 2024! Build and refine your strip-till system with dozens of new ideas and connections at the 11th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Madison, Wis. Aug. 8-9, 2024. Experience an energizing 2-day agenda featuring inspiring general session speakers, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and collaborative Strip-Till Roundtables. Plus, Certified Crop Adviser credits will be offered.

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