Seeding Practices

Getting cover crops in the ground can be one of the biggest challenges growers will face. This topic provides information and tips for getting cover crops seeded successfully in agricultural fields. This includes planting, drilling, broadcasting, aerial seeding, interseeding and any other methods used to seed cover crops, as well as strategies for maximizing seed-to-soil contact and stands.

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Iowa Learning Farms Eval Says Soil Erosion Top Reason for Using Covers

Iowa Learning Farms recently released its 2019 Evaluation Report detailing the impact of multiple education and outreach initiatives throughout the year. Key statistics from the report include an up year in cover crop plantings – estimated to eclipse 1 million acres in Iowa. Read more in this article from the Bloomfield Democrat (Bloomfield, IA).
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[Podcast] Wider Rows Leaves Space for Cover Crops

In this week’s podcast, retired John Deere engineer and farm consultant Bob Recker provides insight on ways to boost soil health without taking fields out of production.
In this week’s podcast, retired John Deere engineer and farm consultant Bob Recker provides insight on ways to boost soil health without taking fields out of production.
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[Podcast] Make More Green with Covers by Planting Green

In this week's podcast, fifth generation farmer Rick Clark from Indiana shares tips on planting green, a practice he's been using for the past 8 years.
In this week's podcast, fifth generation farmer Rick Clark from Indiana shares tips on planting green, a practice he's been using for the past 8 years.
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Climate Change Presents Opportunities for Cover Crops

“I’ve experienced weird weather personally,” reported Hans Schmitz, showing a slide depicting his Posey County, Indiana, family farm’s destruction after a tornado. “Weather is the day-to-day variations in the earth’s atmosphere measured at a single moment in time. Climate, meanwhile, is by definition ... the average of a weather variable," said the agricultural meteorologist. Read more in this article from The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, IN).
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[Podcast] Untreated Seed Can Reduce Pest Pressure

Many growers use treated seed to kill pests, but Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff says there are valid reasons to consider planting untreated cover crop seed. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
Many growers use treated seed to kill pests, but Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff says there are valid reasons to consider planting untreated seed. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Attend the 2020 National Strip-Tillage Conference

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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