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Cover Crop Strategies' Best of the Web: July 1, 2022

Cover Crop Strategies editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at various aspects of our great agricultural industry. Here is our favorite content from the past week. The Best of the Web This Week series is brought to you by Salford Group.
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On-farm Research Indicates Importance of Cover Crops for Soil Health

Extending the presence of living vegetative cover to more months of the year through the use of cover crops has several environmental benefits — for example, prevention of soil erosion and nutrient leaching, improvement of soil microbial habitat and weed/pest suppression. But how much does including cover crops on farms improve physical, chemical and biological indicators of soil health? Read more in this article from University of Nebraska Extension.
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Using Covers in Vineyards Reduces Erosion, Increases Soil Nutrients

When the winter rains come to Napa Valley, soil erosion is at the top of many viticulturists’ minds. Terracing and other structural changes to the terroir are largely a mitigation method of the past, with many vineyards planting the grassy patches between their rows with mustards, legumes, and grasses as cover crops. Read more in this article from the Napa Valley Register.
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Solution for Soil Erosion

The images coming out of the Upper Midwest and High Plains region of the U.S. this spring are reminiscent of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Relentless wind coupled with dry conditions have led to severe soil erosion, and the situation was made worse in areas lacking cover crops. Read more in this article from Lancaster Farming.
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Soil Health & Earthworms

According to a 2001 paper (Land degradation: an overview), it is estimated that the total annual cost of erosion from agriculture in the USA is about $44 billion per year, i.e. about $100 per acre of cropland and pasture. On a global scale, the annual loss of 75 billion tons of soil costs the world about $400 billion per year, or approximately $70 per person per year (Eswaran, H., et. al. 2001). Read more in this article from the Capital Journal (Pierre, SD).
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Harvest or Terminate Covers?

Cover crops have been a great tool for many producers across Nebraska as they can be used for managing soil erosion, weeds, moisture accumulation, microbial activity and forage crops for livestock producers. Every producer has different goals while planting their cover crop, the same message rings true for termination. Read more in this article from the Grand Island Independent.
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[Podcast] I Can Tell Cover Crops Are Working

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features Robb Ewoldt, a grower from Davenport, Iowa. Ewoldt will be a speaker at the upcoming Spring 2021 National Cover Crop Summit. Ewoldt shares a sneak peek of his presentation, discussing how he transitioned to using cover crops, his cover crop goals, his experiences seeding covers with a helicopter, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features Robb Ewoldt, a grower from Davenport, Iowa. Ewoldt will be a speaker at the upcoming Spring 2021 National Cover Crop Summit. Ewoldt shares a sneak peek of his presentation, discussing how he transitioned to using cover crops, his cover crop goals, his experiences seeding covers with a helicopter, and more.
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Join top strip-tillers, agronomists and researchers for 2 days of unrivaled learning and networking!

Attend the 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, July 28-29, and 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. 

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