Seeding Practices

Using Drones to Aerial Seed Covers

Harpers Ferry farmer Jon Kruse utilized a unique method of planting cover crops this past fall - a drone. September 16, Kruse hired a private contractor, to fly a drone over standing soybeans to seed red clover as a cover crop. Read more in this article from the Waukon Standard (Waukon, IA).
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Most Commonly Grown Cover Crop: Rye

As a cover crop, rye is particularly useful because it establishes quickly under a wide range of conditions and is a winter annual that has the potential to provide green cover in the fall and the spring prior to the planting of a spring-sown crop. Sometimes, however, a cover crop of rye can reduce the yield of a following cash crop if not properly managed. Read more in this article from North Dakota State University.
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Getting Over Barriers to Planting Covers

Cover crops are grown for the protection and enrichment of the soil, and are one of several management practices that farmers use to improve soil health, but noted there were some potential barriers to their adoption. While costs are a concern, there are other challenges to their continued widespread adoption. Read more in this article from Auburn Pub.
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[Podcast] Lessons From a Cover Crop Addict

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features Bill Buessing, a grower from Axtell, Kan. Buessing will be a speaker at the upcoming Spring 2021 National Cover Crop Summit.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features Bill Buessing, a grower from Axtell, Kan. Buessing will be a speaker at the upcoming Spring 2021 National Cover Crop Summit. Buessing shares a sneak peek of his presentation, discussing how he adds various cover crop species to crop rotations as forage for his cattle and sheep to graze while building soil health and fixing valuable nutrients in the soil, which has allowed him to cut back on fertilizer.
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Frigid Temps May Cause Problems with Covers

With many cover crops planted into dry soils, particularly in western Iowa, there may not have been ideal germination or growth before winter. With the addition of sub-zero temperatures, fields will need to have enough snow cover for the cover crop to survive. Read more in this article from Iowa Farmer Today.
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Attend the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. The 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 5-6, in Omaha, Neb., offers a mix of thought-provoking general sessions featuring top experts; profit-boosting Strip-Till Classrooms led by strip-till authorities, and interactive farmer-to-farmer Strip-Till Roundtables.

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