Cover Crops

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If Lawmakers Were to Say ‘Yes,’ Your History with No-Till, Cover Crops and Rotations Could Slice Insurance Costs by $4.50 Per Acre

Passage of a unique concept that got Congressional consideration during the writing of the 2018 Farm Bill could put more dollars in the pockets of no-tillers. It’s an idea that farmers who use no-till, cover crops and conservation-minded crop rotations to protect the soil should be rewarded with an equivalent of auto insurance’s “good driver discount” when it comes to paying crop insurance premiums.
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Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest

Cover crops can be used for different reasons, such as to provide soil erosion protection, alleviate compaction, control weeds, fix atmospheric nitrogen for the next crop, harvest for hay, and as a grazing resource. The reason for using a cover crop will determine which species or mixture of species you choose, as well as how you manage it.
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[Video] Grazing Cover Crops for High Quality Feeding, Soil Health

Herington, Kan., farmer Shawn Tiffany shares how he and his brother, Shane, are utilizing cover crops for high-quality feed and improving soil health at the 32,000-head Tiffany Cattle Co. The operation is primarily a custom cattle-finishing facility that also includes a 1,200-acre farm where corn, winter wheat, silage sorghum and soybeans are no-tilled. Various cover crops are sometimes harvested as a second crop.
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[Webinar] Diversifying with Cover Crops for Forage and Biomass

This webinar, sponsored by La Crosse Seed, examines some of the species of cover crops that are ideal for building aboveground biomass and providing quality feed for livestock. Scott Wohltman, agronomist and cover crop lead for La Crosse Seed, will lead you through this free webinar. [To view any of our webinar replays, you must be logged in with a free user account.]
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Tips for Grazing Cover Crops

Leedey, Okla. no-tiller Jimmy Emmons discusses the potential for cover-crop grazing in early spring and in the fall to reduce livestock feed costs and increase profits, and potentially grow two crops in one year on the same piece of land to maximize productivity per acre and build soil health.
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