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Diversifying Crop Rotation Improves Soil, Reduces Fertilizer Costs

Farmers who have used a three- or four-crop rotation system for more than 10 years are most likely to reap the benefits of improved soil health and higher yields, according to a survey of producers in eastern South Dakota. With fertilizer prices at an all-time high, this might be an opportune time for producers to consider adding oats, peas and spring or winter wheat to their rotations, according to associate professor Tong Wang of South Dakota State University’s Ness School of Management and Economics. Read more in this story from South Dakota State University.
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[Podcast] Cover Crops Feed Soil Microbes

This week’s podcast, sponsored by NewLeaf Symbiotics, features Katja Koehler-Cole, Research Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska. Koehler-Cole will discuss how soil nitrates are lost in corn-soybean rotations, the role of soil microbes in the soil, what cover crops provide soil microbes, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by NewLeaf Symbiotics, features Katja Koehler-Cole, Research Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska. Koehler-Cole will discuss how soil nitrates are lost in corn-soybean rotations, the role of soil microbes in the soil, what cover crops provide soil microbes, and more.
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Diverse Crop Rotations Improve Yield, Yield Stability & Soil Health

Farm profitability from grain production is an age-old concern of farmers. Improving yield stability is also an important management strategy to counteract weather extremes (i.e., heat waves, droughts, flooding) that stress both crop growth and farm profitability. Farmers need reliable information about the effectiveness of crop rotation and fertilizer management that involves many years of data to account for the year-to-year variability in growing conditions. Read more in this article from University of Nebraska Extension.
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Grass Cover Crops Are the Most Common Cover Crops Used Before Planting

Cover crops—which are typically added to a crop rotation in between two commodity or forage crops—provide living, seasonal soil cover with a variety of on-farm benefits, such as increased soil moisture capacity, improved nutrient cycling, and weed suppression. Cover crops can also provide public benefits by reducing sediment loss, nutrient runoff, and leaching; reducing flooding; and storing carbon in the soil. Read more in this article from USDA Economic Research Service.
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[Podcast] Cover Crops After Silage Prevent Erosion

This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Amanda Kautz, district conservationist with NRCS. Kautz will discuss why silage is a good opportunity for growers to incorporate covers, how growers ensure good cover crop growth for silage, soil health benefits offered by covers after they’ve been harvested as silage, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Amanda Kautz, district conservationist with NRCS. Kautz will discuss why silage is a good opportunity for growers to incorporate covers, how growers ensure good cover crop growth for silage, soil health benefits offered by covers after they’ve been harvested as silage, and more.
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Legume Cover Crops Means Less Fertilizer Needed

For corn, using dairy manure and legume cover crops in crop rotations can reduce the need for inorganic nitrogen fertilizer and protect water quality, but these practices also can contribute to emissions of nitrous oxide — a potent greenhouse gas. Read more in this story from the Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA).
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[Podcast] Controlling Waterhemp with Cover Crops

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Meghan Anderson, Field Agronomist with Iowa State University Extension. Anderson will discuss why waterhemp has become so difficult to control in recent years, how growers can identify waterhemp, how cover crops can be leveraged against waterhemp, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Meghan Anderson, Field Agronomist with Iowa State University Extension. Anderson will discuss why waterhemp has become so difficult to control in recent years, how growers can identify waterhemp, how cover crops can be leveraged against waterhemp, and more.
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Ideal Cover Crop Species for Texas

Under the right conditions, cover crops are a tool for improvement. After harvesting a crop like cotton or grain sorghum, a cover crop rotation can increase soil organic matter, recycle nutrients, prevent erosion and suppress weeds. Read more in this article from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE).
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