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Midwest Cover Crop Planting at an All-Time High, Study Shows

The notable increase in cover crop adoption comes alongside increasing state and federal incentive programs, a statistically significant driver, according to the study.

Cover crops, with their ability to reduce erosion and promote soil health, are being planted across more Midwestern land than ever. In recent years, this strategy has become a valuable trend with the added benefit of increasing crop productivity. So, it’s no surprise that new University of Illinois research shows cover crop adoption reached 7.2 percent in 2021, up from just 1.8 percent a decade prior.

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Impact of Cover Crops on Yield

The benefits of planting cover crop mixtures include the potential for additional nutrients to the subsequent cash crop, improved livestock feed and improved soil health, among other benefits. But farmers adopting multispecies cover crops are also interested in learning about the yield response of the crop planted following a cover crop. Read more in this article from Southern Minnesota.
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Too Late to Plant Cover Crops?

There is no decisive answer about when it's too late to plant cover crops in the fall. But if you could tell me what the weather will be for the next six weeks, I would be confident in recommending the last date that would be worth the risk of establishing a cover crop. Read more in this article from Lancaster Farming.
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Cover Crop Planting Date Matters

As corn and soybean reach maturity and the crop canopy starts to open, a prime window also opens for seeding a cover crop. A cover crop can be interseeded in the fall into standing corn and soybean via the air or with ground equipment such as a high-clearance seeder. Read more in this article from the Aberdeen News (Aberdeen, SD).
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4 Things to Consider When Buying Seed for Fall Planting

As we approach the fall cover crop planting season, the industry is starting to see shortages of a few different crops like radishes, hairy vetch and annual clovers due to the record amount of acreage that was planted last year as part of USDA’s prevent plant program. What we typically see in shortage situations is that seed will still be available to producers – however, it may be bottom of the bin in terms of quality and can carry a lot of risks. Read more in this article from Go Seed.
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The National Strip-Tillage Conference returns August 8-9, 2024! Build and refine your strip-till system with dozens of new ideas and connections at the 11th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Madison, Wis. Aug. 8-9, 2024. Experience an energizing 2-day agenda featuring inspiring general session speakers, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and collaborative Strip-Till Roundtables. Plus, Certified Crop Adviser credits will be offered.

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