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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Conservation Tillage Supported in Build Back Better Legislation

Funding for farmers and landowners implementing conservation practices on working lands was included in the Build Back Better Act passed on Nov. 19 by the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the programs established by this legislation is payments for cover crops to farmers and landowners.
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New Edition of Cover Crop Field Guide Released

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC), composed of representatives from 12 Midwest states and the province of Ontario, agricultural stakeholders and universities, including Purdue, is releasing a new edition of the Cover Crops Field Guide. The popular pocket-size in-field reference helps growers effectively select, grow and use cover crops.
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Cover Crops Profitable When Livestock Added

One of the reasons growers choose not to use cover crops is because they don’t think the practice is profitable. However, like with any crop, it all comes down to each individual choice by a grower as to whether covers will be successful.
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CHS to Pay Members to Enroll in Bayer Carbon Farming Program

Agricultural seeds and chemicals supplier Bayer AG is expanding its carbon farming program to members of U.S. farm cooperative CHS Inc, boosting incentives for members to participate in the program. The agreement will make it easier for CHS's 75,000 farmer-members to enroll in Bayer's Carbon Program, an early leader in the drive to encourage farmers to capture carbon by planting off-season crops, tilling the ground less and use fertilizer more efficiently.
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2021 Fall National Cover Crop Summit

Lessons in Continuous Cover Cropping

A long-time no-tiller presents valuable lessons learned in the field at the 2021 Fall National Cover Crop Summit.
Grower Mike Brocksmith, Vincennes, Ind., has used conservation tillage for nearly 45 years. During the 2021 Fall National Cover Crop Summit, he will discuss the changes his farm has seen since implementing cover crops in 2009, including changes to the soil and nutrient levels.
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Western Lake Erie Basin Farmers Can Earn Money in New Phosphorus Reduction Program

Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin—including parts of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana—can earn money through a phosphorus load reduction pilot program. The “Phosphorus Load-Reduction Stimulation Program” (PLUS-UP) program, coordinated by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), will pay farmers in the project area $5 to $10 per acre in 2022 to reduce P loads using practices such as no-till or cover crops. 


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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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