Grazing

Grazing cover crops can be a very profitable enterprise for cover crop users who are willing to do the management. This topic provides strategies for cover crop grazing and real-world examples with farmers and ranchers who are making the practice work on their farm. Grazing cover crops has the potential to improve not only animal health but soil health as well.

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National Cover Crop Summit: Fall 2020 Edition

Integrating Livestock with a Cover Crop System

A Kansas grower and livestock producer shares how using graze cropping with livestock has helped accelerated soil health benefits during the online National Cover Crop Summit: Fall 2020 Edition.
Adding livestock to a cover crop system is considered the last step in bringing cover crops full circle in an operation. One Kansas grower and livestock producer shares insights from 35-plus years of no-till, 23 years of cover cropping and using livestock to increase his soil’s health and productivity while significantly reducing input costs.
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[Podcast] Grazing Covers Can Help Livestock Producers Save Money

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features an interview with Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist and Grazing Specialist for Indiana. Shelton discusses challenges growers must tackle when grazing cover crops, how to use cover crops to extend the grazing season, how growers can fit grazing into a crop rotation system, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features an interview with Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist and Grazing Specialist for Indiana. Shelton discusses challenges growers must tackle when grazing cover crops, how to use cover crops to extend the grazing season, how growers can fit grazing into a crop rotation system, and more.
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[Podcast] Enhancing the Value of Covers with Livestock

Jon Stevens, a grower from Rock Creek, Minn., is looking to capture the value of cover crops by grazing cattle on a 30-acre paddock seeded with grasses and cereals.
Jon Stevens, a grower from Rock Creek, Minn., is looking to capture the value of cover crops by grazing cattle on a 30-acre paddock seeded with grasses and cereals. Find out how he intends to try to rotate in corn within 3 years to capture in-field nitrogen.
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[Video] What You Need to Know About Seeding Covers

In this video from University of Arkansas Extension, learn about the keys to achieving a good cover crop stand, the importance of correct seeding rate, and how to use your cover crop goals to determine the timing of cover crop seeding.
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[Video] Plan Ahead for Next Spring's Cover Crops

Cover crops planted in late spring/early summer can help with nitrogen production and weed suppression. In this video from University of Arkansas Extension, find out which cover crop species are best suited for spring/summer planting.
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[Video] Cover Crops & Fruit/Vegetables

In this video from University of Arkansas Extension, find out why cover crops are a good choice to use with fruit and vegetable crops, what benefits cover crops provide to fruit and vegetable crops, which cover crop species can help cut fertilizer costs, and more.
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Double Cropping Pays Dividends

Craig Lehr along with his family, owns and operates Short Grass Ranches, a third-generation operation consisting of a 7,000-head backgrounding feedlot, 1,200-head cow-calf ranch as well as both irrigated and dryland farmland for feed and cash crop production. One of the ways Lehr is working to combat challenges due to drought is by using cover crops on irrigated land. Read more in this article from Alberta Farm Express.
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[Video] Cover Crops Species for the Winter Months

This video from University of Arkansas Extension discusses various cover crop species that can provide soil cover, nitrogen production and weed suppression through the winter and into the spring. Find out which species would work for your operation.
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Attend the Fall 2020 Virtual National Cover Crop Summit

Join the editors of Cover Crop Strategies and today's leading cover crop experts Nov. 17-18 for 2-days of productive online learning and networking during the third National Cover Crop Summit. This free-to-attend online event will deliver practical cover cropping ideas and advice to meet your specific needs.

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