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.

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[Podcast] Terminating Covers the Right Way

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Josh Lofton, Cropping System Specialist with Oklahoma State University. Lofton will discuss the timing of cover crop termination, differences in termination timing for various cover crop species, improper cover crop termination, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Josh Lofton, Cropping System Specialist with Oklahoma State University. Lofton will discuss the timing of cover crop termination, differences in termination timing for various cover crop species, improper cover crop termination, and more.
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[Podcast] Making Cover Crops Make Cents

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Michael Langemeier, Agricultural Economics professor, Purdue University. Langemeier will discuss how growers can fit cover crops into their cropping budgets, how cover crops can add revenue, what costs can be reduced by implementing covers, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Michael Langemeier, Agricultural Economics professor, Purdue University. Langemeier will discuss how growers can fit cover crops into their cropping budgets, how cover crops can add revenue, what costs can be reduced by implementing covers, and more.
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New Cover Crop Decision Tool Available

The Northeast Cover Crops Council (NECCC) created an online Cover Crop Decision Support Tool designed to support farm decision-making around cover crops. It includes a Cover Crop Explorer that provides in-depth information on more than 35 cover crop species.
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Managing to Measure: Supporting Strip-Till Success with Analytical Evidence

Dr. Jerry Hatfield, former USDA plant physiologist and Wayne Fredericks, Osage, Iowa, strip-tiller to share on-farm results and advice on how incremental improvements in farm management will bolster soil health at the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
Farmers collect data and make operational changes throughout the course of their farming career. But how much of a correlation is there between the analysis and actual application of in-field information to improve on-farm decision-making?
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The Economic Benefits of Cover Crops

Our soil resources are quite different from other parts of the country. The topsoil in our fields is not deep compared to places like the Midwest, therefore farmers strive to do everything they can to keep this valuable resource on their fields. One method to achieve this is to plant cover crops, which help stabilize the top soil layer. Read more in this article from The Citizen (Auburn, NY).
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Effects & Economics of Grazing Cover Crops

In non-irrigated systems, adding cover crops into the rotation can decrease crop yields if precipitation is limited; however, the use of cover crops for forage may offset costs while retaining soil benefits. This on-farm research study was designed with a system’s perspective incorporating crops, cattle and cover crops in a non-irrigated setting while including the economics of the entire system. Read more in this article from the University of Nebraska.
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Green Cover Seed Expands to New Location

The new location in Iola, Kansas, also matched a good opportunity to fill the growing demand for cover crop mixes in the area, one that has grown tremendously in the last several years. Read more in this article from Farm Talk.
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Cover Crops in a Processing Vegetable/Grain Crop System

There are a variety of agricultural research trials in Ontario, but one that stands out from the rest is the long-term cover crop trial set up by Dr. Laura Van Eerd in Ridgetown, Ontario. This trial was established in 2007 and has had consistent cover crop treatments within a processing vegetable-grain crop rotation on the same plot since then.
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Transforming a Weed Into a Cash Crop

Pennycress, also called “stinkweed” for the odor it gives off when it’s crushed, contains a lot of oil in its seeds, and that oil can be turned into fuel for jets or diesel trucks and cars. Two researchers at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) just began a study to create the most resilient, high-yielding varieties of pennycress for farmers to grow. Read more in this article from The Ohio State University.
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Attend the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. The 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 5-6, in Omaha, Neb., offers a mix of thought-provoking general sessions featuring top experts; profit-boosting Strip-Till Classrooms led by strip-till authorities, and interactive farmer-to-farmer Strip-Till Roundtables.

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