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In the 2nd Annual Cover Crop Benchmark Study published by Cover Crop Strategies, editors found that growers have remained relatively consistent in the management practices, motivations, challenges and expenses of their cover crop programs.
But one important change has been growth in conservation practices. Of the 400-plus farmers who participated in the 53-question survey, more are practicing no-till and strip-till, and they’re dedicating more acres to cover crops, perhaps due to an increase in incentive payments.
The number of growers seeding cover crops to a greater acreage grew in 2020 from 2019. While the majority (48%) seeded cover crops on less than 300 acres, that number was down 7 percentage points from 55%.
The second-largest percent of growers (15%) seeded cover crops to at least 1,000 acres in 2020 — a 3-point increase from 2019.
Another 12% seeded them…