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Results of the first annual Cover Crop Benchmark Study show a healthy level of enthusiasm and success among farmers with cover crops as they seek to protect their farms from erosion, reduce input costs and improve soil health on their operations.
The 70-question survey distributed last February garnered more than 1,400 responses from farmers across the U.S., Canada and overseas. Editors at No-Till Farmer’s online sister property, Cover Crop Strategies, created the survey to highlight trends with cover crop management. Results for the survey are divided into four regions: the Corn Belt, Great Plains-West, Northeast and Southeast. In many cases editors were able to report data based on regions, which all have unique climate, regulatory and rotational challenges.
“In the coming years with subsequent surveys we’ll be able to track meaningful changes in cover crop management and allow growers to compare their own operation to those of their peers,” says No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter. “No other media property has a more in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities with cover crops on farms than we do. And we’re grateful that so many farmers chose to participate.”
Among U.S. farmers…