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Tips for Managing Cover Crop Mixes for More No-Till Benefits

Choosing a cover crop cocktail is only a start, says Adam Daugherty, as managing carbon-to-nitrogen ratios and adapting planting strategies play a big role in success.
There are many variables for growers to consider when they’re implementing cover-crop mixes into their no-till rotation — including mix design, carbon-to-nitrogen (C:N) ratios, cash-crop goals, termination strategies and biomass management.
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Getting Out of the Rut with No-Tilling, Cover Crop Interseeding, Weed Suppression

Tom Cotter is boosting the value of his soils in the heart of the Corn Belt by putting the iron away and keeping his fields covered and active year round.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with farming, but that’s a major reason Tom Cotter did the opposite of that and turned to no-tilling and interseeding cover crops to rejuvenate his farm.
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Make Covers a Forage Option for Better No-Till Profitability

Many cover crops are efficient, effective feed sources for livestock if they’re seeded properly and managed for optimum animal and soil health.
With many regions of the U.S. low on forage, demand has driven forage prices up and it’s a good time to think about opportunities for raising cover crops for that purpose, says Scott Wohltman.
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Systems Approach Makes Canadian No-Till Farm More Resilient

Derek and Tannis Axten use a low-disturbance, high-diversity no-till system to keep tabs on their soil health ‘bank balance’ and improve their farm ground in Saskatchewan.
Derek and Tannis Axten use a low-disturbance, high-diversity no-till system to keep tabs on their soil health ‘bank balance’ and improve their farm ground in Saskatchewan.
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Multi-Tasking Cover Crops Improve the No-Till Bottom Line

With radishes and other covers in his rotation, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan’s Kevin Elmy is smothering weeds, fixing nutrients, building feedstock and reducing his fertilizer bills.
With radishes and other covers in his rotation, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan’s Kevin Elmy is smothering weeds, fixing nutrients, building feedstock and reducing his fertilizer bills.
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