Covering Cover Crops

Covering Cover Crops
John Dobberstein
From the Desk of John Dobberstein

Writing Is On the Wall

The latest round of taxpayer funds aimed at the declining Ogallala Aquifer shows why no-tilling, cover crops, precision irrigation and prescription grazing will be extremely important tools for farmers in the years ahead.
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John Dobberstein
From the Desk of John Dobberstein

More Than What Meets the Eye

Cover crop adoption has been a little slower in parts of the Great Plains, possibly more over fear of the unknown than actual poor outcomes seen by growers. But researchers reviewing decades of cover-crop studies say there are plenty of benefits to covers, whether you farm in the warm southern Plains or cooler prairies of western Canada.
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John Dobberstein
From the Desk of John Dobberstein

More Possibilities for Cover Crops

Early termination, inclusion of legume species and a little patience might be what's needed to make green manures and cover crops work in the drier areas of the U.S. without dinging yields and profits.
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From the Desk of John Dobberstein

Reasons to Revisit Cover Crops

It looks like the cover-crop movement continues to build steam in the U.S., as growers are seeding them to reduce erosion, fix or scavenge nutrients, improve soil biological activity and the like.
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John Dobberstein

A Matter Of Perspective

As I've pointed out previously, there's a lot of conflicting research when it comes to the effects of cover crops in farm regions where annual moisture is limited, especially around the issue of water use by covers.
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John Dobberstein
From the Desk of John Dobberstein

Turning to No-Till and Cover Crops

A group of stakeholders believes increased adoption of no-till and cover crops could reduce sedimentation problems in a Kansas watershed and help a nuclear power plant operate more efficiently.
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John Dobberstein
From the Desk of John Dobberstein

Stay Tuned On Covers, Summerfallow

If you carry crop insurance and have considered seeding cover crops on your summerfallowed acres, do your homework this spring before hauling out that drill or air seeder.
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