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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Cover Crops Strategies Podcast

[Podcast] Learning From Cover Crop Failures

Like all aspects of farming, growing cover crops doesn’t always go as intended. Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff says that how cover croppers react to failure is critical for learning and doing better the next time. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
Like all aspects of farming, growing cover crops doesn’t always go as intended. Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff says that how cover croppers react to failure is critical for learning and doing better the next time. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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[Podcast] Get Double Benefits with Cover Crops as Forages

Many cover crop species can be used as forage while also providing soil health benefits, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff, including hay, baleage and grazing. The type of cover crops to plant depends on your ultimate goal for those cover crops, as that goal can affect seeding rates, planting dates, and fertility. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
Many cover crop species can be used as forage while also providing soil health benefits, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff, including hay, baleage and grazing. The type of cover crops to plant depends on your ultimate goal for those cover crops, as that goal can affect seeding rates, planting dates, and fertility. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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[Podcast] Planting Cover Crops After Small Grain Harvest

Typically, double cropping done after small grains is planting soybeans in wheat stubble, but not always, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
Typically, double cropping done after small grains is planting soybeans in wheat stubble, but not always, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Center for Digital Agriculture Created at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the creation of the Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA), a new center that brings together agricultural producers, researchers, and industries to innovate on the technology that is transforming agriculture to feed and support a growing global population. The center, which launched at the Center for Digital Agriculture Industry Conference, seeks to develop digital solutions to agricultural roadblocks.
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[Podcast] Maximizing Legume Cover Crops for Less Nitrogen Use

Managing legumes as a cover crop requires smart decision making, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff.
Managing legumes as a cover crop requires smart decision making, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Balance Economics with Winter Cereal Grain Cover Crops

Although “the economics are marginal,” that's not a reason to avoid growing winter cereal grain cover crops and other forages after the harvest of corn silage, according to Kevin Shelley, a University of Wisconsin nutrient and pest management program specialist who serves counties in the south central part of the state. Find out more in this article from Wisconsin State Farmer.
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Cover Crop Profitability Isn’t One-Dimensional

Profitability is what all growers are aiming for, no matter the crop. However, profitability is a term that is relative when it comes to evaluating the effectiveness of using cover crops. Over time, covers are giving more in terms of profitability than can be quantified — through improved soil health, increased water holding capacity, organic matter, earthworm activity, more supportive bacteria in the soil, cooler soil temperatures, and more. How do you put a price tag on some of those intangible, but extremely beneficial, qualities?
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Join the most innovative, forward-thinking strip-till farmers, agronomists and researchers today at the 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, Neb., August 6-7, 2020. Discover practical cover cropping techniques and hundreds of proven ideas to boost your strip-till yields and save on input costs.

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