What is, or has been, your No. 1 challenge with adopting or managing cover crops on your farm? What did you do, or are you planning to do, to solve this challenge?

A: My biggest hurdle has been blowing stalks after we seed covers with a vertical-tillage rig. We get a beautiful stand and it’s affordable, but I’m losing way too much fodder. 

I may switch to a seeder mounted to the combine to remedy this problem, although I’m concerned about adding this weight to the machine. It’s one more thing that I have to worry about during harvest and it’s expensive. But the benefits look like they would be worth it.

— Dean Atkins, Chenoa, Ill.

A: My top obstacle was the space between my ears. How I overcame that was to experiment with side-by-side trials and learn from it. The end result was my soil and bottom line started to improve, so then I knew I was on the right course. I now have changed my soil so much that NRCS says they…

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