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Diversifying Crop Rotations Improves Environmental Outcomes, Profitability

A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University finds that diversifying crop rotations can greatly reduce negative environmental and health impacts, while maintaining profitability for farmers. This research shows that adding more crops to the conventional corn-soy rotation is beneficial to both farmers and the environment.
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Nitrogen Uptake and Release in Cover Crops

The availability of nitrogen (N) returned to the soil from a cover crop for use by the following crop is a function of residual soil N and N mineralization but environmental factors make it difficult to predict the amount of N that will become available and when it can be used. A new post from the University of Nebraska offer insights to help inform nutrient changes following cover crops.
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Getting a Jump on Jumping Worms

To be forewarned is to be forearmed, so the saying goes. Get the scoop on Asian jumping worms now in order to prevent an invasion in the future.
Earthworms have earned the affection of no-tillers because they turn crop residues into plant nutrients and deftly mine channels in the soil to clear the way for air, water and root systems. But some ecologists are sounding the alarm about the potential impacts of so-called jumping worms.
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Cover Crop Benchmark Study

Cover Crops ‘Greening Up’ Growers’ Bottom Lines

No-Till Farmer’s first-ever Cover Crop Benchmark Study shows farmers are planting green, saving on fertilizer and pesticides and protecting soils
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.
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