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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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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University of Minnesota Researchers Developing Winter Camelina as New Cash Cover Crop

Newly planted winter camelina seedlings sprout in little green rows at the University of Minnesota field plots on the St. Paul campus. The winter annual plant is one of 15 breeds University researchers are cultivating to help farmers keep nutrients in their soil, reduce erosion and create a commercially viable product for farmers to sell. Read more in this article from The Minnesota Daily.
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Utilizing Cover Crops

Cover crop utilization on cropland gained momentum during the period of high commodity prices, but adoption has slowed as producers are identifying opportunities to reduce production costs. Cover crops certainly have their place and the expense of planting, which includes the time required and capital investment, should be valued against soil loss and the overall cost of erosion in terms of decreased productivity. Read more in this article from the Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, KY).
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Use Regenerative Ag Practices on Cotton? If So, Wrangler Wants You

Wrangler announced plans for a new jean that celebrates the benefits of regeneratively grown cotton. Global cotton farmers who can demonstrate and document soil-carbon and biodiversity improvements are invited to apply for their cotton to be purchased for a Wrangler Retro Premium submission as part of The Jeans Redesign project from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF).
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Attend the Spring 2021 National Cover Crop Summit

More than 5,000 attendees have attended the online National Cover Crop Summit to discover proven, practical cover crop strategies. The National Cover Crop Summit returns March 17-18 with more expert presenters and more sessions than ever before! Join today’s most successful cover croppers, researchers and agronomists for this online event and discover proven, practical cover crop strategies in use today. Sign up for this FREE ONLINE EVENT today that has earned a 99% attendee satisfaction rating.

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