Farmers are feeling optimistic about the future, and many are planning to include cover crops in that bright future, according to information recently published by the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

Growers were asked about their intentions to use fall cover crops, and nearly 4 out of 10 corn/soybean growers said they intend to plant at least some covers this fall. A little over half, at 52%, stated that they plan to plant cover crops on one-third or less of their corn/soybean acres.

Cover crops will be planted on one-third to two-thirds of corn/soybean acres by 21% of growers, and 27% of growers plan to plant covers on more than two-thirds of their acres.

Of those growers who intend to plant covers, an overwhelming majority at 79% have improving soil health and crop yields as their primary reason for planting covers. Only 1% of survey respondents are seeding covers because of cost-share funds being available.

With the weather cooperating with growers this fall, harvest has started fairly early and progressed faster than anticipated, leaving plenty of time yet for planting a cover crop.

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