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Dragline With Manure Assists Cover Crop Termination

No-Tillers from Perrysville, Ohio, utilize manure from their 650-cow dairy to maintain high-yielding double crops, and feed for their herd.
The practice of using a dragline on emerging corn began in 2019, due to the extremely wet weather rearranging the Ayers’ cover crop termination schedule. The termination date varies each year, thanks to several factors, including the custom spraying schedule, the weather and what herbicide program the Ayers are using. They typically use glyphosate and 2,4-D to terminate the cereal rye.
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Timing is Critical When Grazing Cover Crops

By grazing cover crops, farmers are adding to the established benefit of improved soil quality and other factors, says Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist based in eastern Iowa. Prior to grazing in the fall, Schwab says to use the “pluck test” to check on root vigor.


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NDSU: Test Forages for Nitrate Prior to Haying or Grazing

High temperatures combined with adequate moisture can impact plant metabolism and cause nitrate to build up in plants.

Frost, hail and disease can cause nitrates to accumulate due to reduced leaf area, which limits the rate of photosynthesis. The risk of nitrate toxicity also increases when high levels of nitrogen fertilizer have been applied.


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New Study Finds No Positive, Negative Impacts from Cover Crop Grazing

Winter grazing is a useful option for farmers who also raise livestock. They can feed them using cover crops they were going to plant anyway, a cost-efficient and sustainable practice. But how does winter grazing impact the soil underneath? Hayley Crowell, researcher at Auburn University, and her team worked to find out.


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Observations on Summer Cover Crops, Small Grains and Grazing Covers

Transitioning to organic, Noah Wendt and Caleb Akin are closely planning for success in three areas: nutrients for the following crop, weed control and grazing opportunities. In this article, from the Practical Farmers of Iowa, Noah and Caleb talk specifically about summer covers and a few new practices they're testing on their farm.


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Trinity Creek Ranch Interseeds Cover Crops for Long-Term Grazing

Mikayla Tabert likes to graze cattle in northern Minnesota much longer than most people believe possible. She and her family aspire to graze year-round, as long as winter conditions and feed availability allow. It is their goal to plant a cover crop on every farm acre – not just for grazing, but to suppress weeds, build soil health, and control soil erosion.


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PSU Study Evaluates Economic Impact of Grazing Cover Crops

Researchers went out about 2-3 weeks after farmers started grazing a cover crop field to measure standing and post-grazing cover crop biomass, and soil health before, the day after, and 2-3 weeks after grazing. One big factor determining profit was the number of times the cover crop could be grazed, and the quantity of grazed biomass consumed.


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