Soil Health

This topic is dedicated to providing information about how various cover crop species and varieties improve soil biology and soil health to help growers meet their production and environmental goals. Explanations of soil health processes, terminology and trends will also be shared here to provide a greater understanding of the link between cover crops and improved soil biology.

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Cover Crops Are a Good Fit for Seed Corn

No one does anything in a vacuum. No matter what type of project you undertake, someone has to create the raw materials you have to work with — whether it’s loggers harvesting trees for lumber made into woodworking projects, cotton farmers harvesting bolls made into cloth, or a goldsmith melting down gold to make jewelry.
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No-Till Farmer Web Page Offers Tips on Managing Prevented Planting Acres, Disaster Aid

The editors of <em>No-Till Farmer, Strip-Till Farmer</em> and <em>Cover Crop Strategies</em> assembled this web page to serve as a source for growers looking for options on prevented-planting acres in the U.S. and potentially find sources of disaster aid.
The editors of No-Till Farmer, Strip-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies assembled this web page to serve as a source for growers looking for options on prevented-planting acres in the U.S. and potentially find sources of disaster aid.
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The Rye Held Everything in Place

While there was no time to build an ark to prepare for the most recent “Bomb Cyclone” that hit Nebraska and other areas of the Midwest, Noah Seim, who farms near Worms, Neb., said one of their fields successfully braved the storm because they had established a healthy stand of rye.
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Indiana Farmers Planted More Than 1 Million Cover Crop Acres in 2018

According to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, there has been a large increase in the number of farmers using cover crops in Indiana. Known for their environmental benefits, Indiana farmers have planted more than one million acres of cover crops in Indiana in 2018, covering 32,000 more acres than the previous year, the state agricultural department said in an article from the Goshen News.
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[Podcast] Using Cover Crops With Organic Row Crops

More growers are increasingly becoming interested in raising organic crops. While food-grade organic crops merit a larger return on investment, they also require a high level of quality and present unique challenges in marketing those crops.
More growers are increasingly becoming interested in raising organic crops. While food-grade organic crops merit a larger return on investment, they also require a high level of quality and present unique challenges in marketing those crops. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Attend the 2019 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Join the most innovative, forward-thinking strip-till farmers, agronomists and researchers today at the 6th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Peoria, Ill., August 1-2, 2019. Discover practical cover cropping techniques and hundreds of proven ideas to boost your strip-till yields.

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