Economics

Cover crops are a great idea, but many farmers want to know how cover crops are paying off and how they will fit into their crop production budget. This topic shares the results of research studies and economic information provided by growers and other ag stakeholders to give cover crop users a better understanding of the costs of establishment and the benefits to expect, including soil biology, nutrient and pest and disease management benefits.

ARTICLES

[Podcast] Covers Combined with No-Till are Effective at Carbon Sequestration

This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Jay Norton, Professor and Extension Specialist in Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming. Norton will discuss what soil management practices remove carbon from the atmosphere to permanently store it as soil organic carbon, why soil organic carbon is critical for agriculture, how plants fix carbon in their roots and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Jay Norton, Professor and Extension Specialist in Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming. Norton will discuss what soil management practices remove carbon from the atmosphere to permanently store it as soil organic carbon, why soil organic carbon is critical for agriculture, how plants fix carbon in their roots and more.
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Reducing Input Costs with Cover Crops: Part 1

In part 1 of this 2-part series on the economics of cover crops, GO SEED explores how they can help reduce input costs

From farmers using cover crops in rotations to field experts alike, one of the most common questions they get asked is "The principle of cover crops makes sense, but how much are they going to cost me?” But according to Jerry Hall, Director of Research for GO SEED, this question needs to be flipped on its head with farmers asking, “How much can cover crops save me?”


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[Podcast] Adding Cover Crops to Crop Rotations Means Higher Profits

This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Katie Lewis, a Soil Chemistry and Fertility Specialist with Texas A&M University. Lewis will discuss why fitting cover crops into crop rotations is challenging, how growers can gain higher profits from using covers in crop rotations, why growers should devote time to planning their cover crops and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Katie Lewis, a Soil Chemistry and Fertility Specialist with Texas A&M University. Lewis will discuss why fitting cover crops into crop rotations is challenging, how growers can gain higher profits from using covers in crop rotations, why growers should devote time to planning their cover crops and more.
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New Cover Crop App Connects Growers with Seed Dealers

Practical Farmers of Iowa has released a new cover crop app designed to help farmers easily locate cover crop seed, services and suppliers. The app, Find Cover Crops, is free to download and use, and is available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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USDA Reports 59% of Corn Dented

USDA's crop progress report for the week ended August 29 reported 59% of corn dented, in line with the 60% reported dented in the same week last year. The 5-year average for corn dented in this week was 55%.
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Rental Arrangements on Cover Crop & Adopting Conservation Practices

Cover crops reduce nitrogen effluent in water and increase soil carbon over time, thereby providing environmental benefits, which may also translate into longer-term economic benefits. However, the costs associated with cover crops in the initial years usually exceed benefits accruing directly to farmers and landowners. Read more in this article from University of Illinois Extension.
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2022 National No-Tillage Conference

1/4/22
Galt House Hotel
140 N Fourth St
Louisville, KY
United States
For more than a quarter of a century, the National No-Tillage Conference has been providing the practical tips and information you need to run a more successful no-till operation. In our 30th anniversary year, we’re ready to do it again as our event returns to beautiful downtown Louisville, Ky., at the legendary Galt House Hotel. Read More

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2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

7/28/22
Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, IA
United States

Discover 2-days of cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies in Coralville, Iowa., July 28-29. Join the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy.

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Attend the 2022 National No-Tillage Conference

Join more than 40 top-notch no-tillers, agronomists, researchers and other no-till experts in Louisville, January 4-7, 2022, to discover innovative ideas that can help you get the most out of your no-till farming system. The 30th anniversary National No-Tillage Conference offers a mix of thought-provoking General Sessions, expert-led No-Till Classrooms and collaborative No-Till Roundtables. Plus, valuable pesticide recertification and Certified Crop Advisor credits are available to qualifying attendees.

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