Covering Cover Crops

Covering Cover Crops
Julia Gerlach
Covering Cover Crops

There Can Be No Life Without Soil

By many accounts, the winter of 2021-2022 has been windier than normal. While windiness is apparently a somewhat difficult phenomenon to compare across the years due to changes in how it’s been measured, reports from across the Great Plains and Midwest support the impression that there were more days with high winds than normal.
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Cover Crops Reduce Crop Insurance Claims While Increasing Biodiversity

Should crop insurance be encouraging growers to utilize cover crops? A white paper by the AGree Economic & Environmental Risk Coalition, a group that advocates for federal policies to drive the adoption of conservation practices, found that cover crops can reduce yield risk, and as a result, file fewer crop insurance claims.
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Cover Crops Can Help Farmers Meet Carbon Sequestration Goals

The biggest flour miller in the U.S. is looking to shift 250,000 acres of wheat fields to using regenerative agriculture practices, including cover crops by the end of this year. Ardent Mills, the largest North American miller of wheat for flour, is based in Denver, Colo., and wants to improve soil health, water quality, and crop yields while simultaneously trying to keep climate change at bay.
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Cover Crops Can Help Operations Sequester Carbon, Prepare for Extreme Weather

Farmers are becoming more open to acknowledging that carbon emissions and climate change are becoming a problem, according to Iowa State University researcher J. Arbuckle. And it’s a good thing they’re willing to talk about it, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that without cutting carbon emissions, growers will face increasing weather challenges, including severe storms, droughts, floods and pest migrations — problems that could be a major hit to the bottom line.
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Cover Crops Profitable When Livestock Added

One of the reasons growers choose not to use cover crops is because they don’t think the practice is profitable. However, like with any crop, it all comes down to each individual choice by a grower as to whether covers will be successful.
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