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.


Weather Delaying Cover Crop Drilling in the Midwest

From rain to snow, the harvest season has seen its fair share of delays across the Midwest. Cover crop applications have been progressing, and with aerial applications wrapping up in many areas, Justin King, a resource conservationist with the Illinois NRCS, said seeding has been a little more challenging this year. Read more in this article from the Rock Island Dispatch-Argus.
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[Video] Three Reasons to Use Covers

Barry Martin plants peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and grain sorghum, and uses strip till. Rye is his main cover crop, which he burns down before planting peanuts to minimize problems with the cornstalk borer, which appears to thrive in heavy vegetation.
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Interseeding Alfalfa as a Cover Crop

John Grabber, a research agronomist for the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, presented on interseeding alfalfa into corn silage at World Dairy Expo on Wednesday, October 2. “The reason we’re trying to develop this system is to take care of several issues or shortcomings we have with corn and corn silage/alfalfa rotations,” said Grabber. Read more in this article from Hoard's Dairyman.
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White Clover an Important Pasture Legume

Four-leaved clovers may or may not bring good luck. What’s indisputable is that all white clovers, whether with three or four leaves, have many benefits. USDA calls white clover “one of the most important pasture legumes.” In New Zealand, it is one of the main species, along with ryegrass, grown in pastures.
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Cover Crops Strategies Podcast

[Podcast] 11 Keys for Successfully Planting Green

There are other options for growers besides letting your best soil blow away in the wind, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff.
There are other options for growers besides letting your best soil blow away in the wind, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Review Seed Contracts, Patents Before Planting Covers

2019 has been a tough year for growers. Heavy rains and flooding throughout the Central Plains and Midwest have made planting extremely difficult, resulting in a significant increase in the number of prevented planting acres above the average. Many growers are looking to alternatives to protect their soil and possibly provide additional income, such as planting cover crops or planting for sileage. Read more in this article from Seed World.
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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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