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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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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WinterKing Hairy Vetch Now Available

Smith Seed Services announces limited availability of WinterKing hairy vetch variety. WinterKing’s key features are delayed flowering, improved winter hardiness, and the ability to product abundant biomass.
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California's Central Valley Embraces Cover Crops

An article from Bay Nature magazine takes readers inside a climate-controlled laboratory at the Duarte Nursery outside Modesto, where an experiment is taking place that could help determine what food we will eat for decades to come. Rows of steel racks contain numerous tiny almond, apple, walnut, pomegranate, pecan, avocado, fig, and pistachio trees in small translucent plastic cylinders. The saplings, planted in a high-nutrient agar mix that accelerates growth, are no more than two inches high and a few weeks old. Each is being subjected to versions of the stresses experienced just outside these walls in fields across the Central Valley: declining levels of water, escalating levels of salt. The big overarching, if unmentionable, force driving these experiments is climate change, which is beginning to roil the Central Valley.
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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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