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7th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Corn Yields, Cover Crop Adoption Continue to Increase for Strip-Tillers

Despite the challenges of 2019, strip-tillers topped 200-bushel corn, while nearly two-thirds seeded cover crops, a high for the annual study.
Results of the 7th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark study, evaluating 2019 cropping practices, saw some subtle and more significant shifts in strip-till practices.
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Benefits of a Cover Crop Mix Versus a Single Species Cover Crop

The decision whether to mix species or plant a single species as a cover crop depends on your goals, time of the year, and costs. Planting a mix can increase biodiversity on a farm and can also insure against weather extremes, since different species will thrive in different weather conditions. Read more in this article from the University of Nebraska.
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More Land Required to Produce Cover Crop Seed

The growth in cover cropping may soon hit a ceiling: planting millions of acres of cover crops will require huge extensions of land to produce cover crop seed. Between 3 and 6% of the 92 million acres of cropping land currently used for corn in the U.S. may be required to produce cover crop seed for that land area. Read more in this article from Seed World.
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Guest Viewpoint: Soil Health for the Common Good

Present and looming challenges of water supply, climate change, air quality and the long-term fertility and sustainability of California's agricultural soils compel farmers, researchers and the private sector to pursue creative soil management innovations that harmonize with the biological foundations of resource use efficiency, says guest blogger Jeff Mitchell of the University of California.
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[Podcast] Using Ryegrass to Break Up Fragipan Soils

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by FR8STAR, we share a discussion between Ralph Upton Jr. of Springerton, Illinois and ag researcher John Pike, which delves into research Upton had done on his farm after a 1983 drought revealed that he had a plow pan layer about 6 inches deep in his soil profile that was preventing his crops from getting needed moisture.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by FR8STAR, we share a discussion between Ralph Upton Jr. of Springerton, Illinois, and ag researcher John Pike, covering their exchange which delves into research Upton had done on his farm after a 1983 drought revealed that he had a plow pan layer about 6 inches deep in his soil profile that was preventing his crops from getting needed moisture.
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Tips for Integrating Residual Herbicides and Cover Crops

A common question when incorporating cover crops into a production system is, will the cover crop interfere with the performance of residual herbicides included with the burndown treatment? This article from Iowa State University Extension will discuss the fate of residual herbicides applied to crop residue and living cover crops, and how this may influence herbicide effectiveness.
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USDA Launches Pilot Program for Prairie Pothole Producers Planting Cover Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a new pilot program that enables farmers in the Prairie Pothole region to receive payments for planting cover crops on their land for three to five years. The new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) pilot is available to producers in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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Rolling Down Cover Crops

Originally developed in South America, over the last decade roller-crimpers have become more popular in the U.S. as more no-tillers add cover crops to their system. These photos show some of the rollers invented and how some no-tillers are using them on their operations. To learn more about rollers and crimpers, see the article “Rolling, Crimping Can Help No-Tillers Use Covers Better."

Cover Crops from the Corn Belt and Beyond

From Texas to North Dakota, to Ontario and Kentucky, here are how some no-tillers from across the Corn Belt and into the Great Plains are using cover crops on their farms and the benefits they're witnessing.

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