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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Cover Crops, Livestock Bring Life to No-Till Farm

Planting green and integrating livestock is helping South Dakota no-tiller Jordan Reimnitz reduce soil erosion and improve soil health, improve livestock health and stretch winter feed supplies.
Grower and livestock producer Jordan Reimnitz has seen the benefits of going completely no-till on his family farm and adding cover crops to enhance the benefits.
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Cover Crops Strategies Podcast

[Podcast] Understanding Allelopathy with Cereal Rye When Planting Corn

Many growers avoid planting corn into fields where cereal rye has been seeded over fears that allelopathic issues from decomposing rye will stunt corn growth and ding yields. But Steve Groff believes allelopathy is often misdiagnosed and yellow corn could be related to other management issues.
Many growers avoid planting corn into fields where cereal rye has been seeded over fears that allelopathic issues from decomposing rye will stunt corn growth and ding yields. But Steve Groff believes allelopathy is often misdiagnosed and yellow corn could be related to other management issues. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Cover Crops Strategies Podcast

[Podcast] What You Need to Know About Herbicides and Planting Covers

Herbicides can be tricky to work around when cover crops are included in the rotation. So, how can you ensure you're maximizing the effectiveness of cover crops when herbicides are involved in your farming system?
Herbicides can be tricky to work around when cover crops are included in the rotation. So, how can you ensure you're maximizing the effectiveness of cover crops when herbicides are involved in your farming system? (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Census of Agriculture 2017

Census of Ag: Cover Crop Acres in U.S. Growing 8% Per Year

A preliminary analysis of data released from the 2017 Census of Agriculture shows cover crop acreage in the U.S. has grown by more than 8% per year since 2012 and major Corn Belt states such as Iowa, Illinois and Missouri appear to be leading the charge, according to an analysis by Rob Myers, regional director of extension programs for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). In terms of growth rates, Iowa’s 156% increase in cover crop acres led the nation, with 973,112 acres seeded in 2017 vs. 379,614 in 2012, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska and Missouri also led the way with increases of 100% or more, Myers says.
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Cover Crop Corner: Interseeding Cover Crops into Corn

To get a head start on establishing winter covers, interseeding has started to become a popular practice by producers in the northern region of the Corn Belt, says Grassland Oregon. Quite a bit of experimentation has been done over the last few years by farmers and researchers trying to dial in which species work best, when to plant, how to plant and which herbicides to avoid.
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Cover Crops Strategies Podcast

[Podcast] Winter Hardiness of Cover Crops: How is it Rated?

In this podcast the Holtwood, Pa., grower and Cover Crop Coach will discuss many factors that affect winter hardiness ratings, including planting date, temperatures, snow cover, wind chill, freeze-thaw cycles and more.
In this podcast the Holtwood, Pa., grower and Cover Crop Coach will discuss many factors that affect winter hardiness ratings, including planting date, temperatures, snow cover, wind chill, freeze-thaw cycles and more. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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Attend the 2019 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Join the most innovative, forward-thinking strip-till farmers, agronomists and researchers today at the 6th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Peoria, Ill., August 1-2, 2019. Discover practical cover cropping techniques and hundreds of proven ideas to boost your strip-till yields.

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