Cover Crops

Cover Crops
Uncover the latest information on different species of cover crops and their benefits; tips on the equipment used to seed them; and how no-tillers are using covers on their farm operation to improve their no-till systems.

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[Podcast] No-Till Planter Upgrades, Split Applications Produce 96-Bushel Soybeans

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, technology editor Noah Newman talks to Ron Digman, a no-tiller from Mount Hope, Wis., about the planter technology investments and management it took to raise 96-bushel per acre soybeans.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, technology editor Noah Newman talks to Ron Digman, a no-tiller from Mount Hope, Wis., about the planter technology investments and management it took to raise 96-bushel per acre soybeans.

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[Podcast] Remembering Bill Northey & the Importance of Conservation Ag

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we’re sharing the former Iowa agriculture secretary and USDA leader Bill Northey's keynote presentation from the 2015 National Strip-Tillage Conference about applying science and technology to improve conservation tillage practices.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we’re sharing the former Iowa agriculture secretary and USDA leader Bill Northey's keynote presentation from the 2015 National Strip-Tillage Conference about applying science and technology to improve conservation tillage practices.

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Cover Crops Helped Growers Overcome Drought in 2023

No-tillers share how cover crops affected cash crop growth during challenging times of drought

In 2023, many growers faced obstacles related to drought across much of the U.S. and even other parts of the world. Cover crops have often served as a tool for overcoming drought while also improving soil health, but proper management is key. No-Till Farmer surveyed growers about how cover crops affected cash crops during the 2023 drought. Here are some responses from growers. 


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Keeping Busy with Cover Crops

Attica, Ind., no-tiller Dan DeSutter is always looking for ways to improve his cover-crop system. We visited him in the spring of 2016 when he was rolling/crimping his cover crops and planting soybeans.

To learn about DeSutter's operation, check out the What I've Learned from No-Tilling article: Rejuvenating Acres and Ramping Up Soil Productivity.

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No-Till & Cover Crops Handbook

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Transitioning from conventional farming to no-till and incorporating the use of cover crops requires a higher level of management, but with No-Till Farmer's new No-Till & Cover Crops Handbook, you now have easy access to the critical information you need on field preparation, equipment requirements, how no-till and covers impact other agronomic practices and more.

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Covering Up, Part 5: Building a More Efficient, Diverse Cover Crop System Cover

Covering Up, Part 5: Building a More Efficient, Diverse Cover Crop System

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This special 26 page report goes in-depth on the role of covers in a dynamic farm ecosystem. Kicking things off are the results of our 2021 Cover Crop Benchmark Study, detailing what a wide range of growers have to say about different topics related to all things cover crops. View
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Covering Up, Part 4: Getting Results with Innovative Cover Crop Systems

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In this 32-page special report, you’ll read about some of the farmers and researchers who are pushing the boundaries of cover crop management, discovering new ways they can extend the growing season, supplement grazing, capture more sunlight, feed the biology underground and even improve the bottom line. View
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Cover Cropping Triple-Play Package

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This 3-report package offers a trifecta of top-notch reports exploring the most critical cover cropping information you need to know. You'll learn the newest cover cropping options, explained in easy-to-understand terms so you can put them into practice immediately. View
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The Secrets of Soil Biology: How to Make it the Engine for a More Profitable No-Till Operation

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Don't miss out on the next no-till breakthrough to help you push yields and profits! This timely and actionable report will lead you through new developments in soil biology. You'll learn the key players that make up your soil 'livestock,' the link between crop rotation and improved soil function and new soil tests that can shine a light on what's happening below the soil surface. View
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Covering Up, Part 3: Branching Out With Your Cover Crop Program

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Looking to go from a single species to a cover crop cocktail, or to drastically reduce your fertilizer bill, or to extend the life – and benefits – of your covers by planting into them? Check out these success stories, learning experiences and new ideas to help you achieve your next cover-crop goal with No-Till Farmer’s third installment on cover crops. View
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Watching Out for Herbicide Carryover in Your Early Seeded Cover Crops - Bryan Young - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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The increased application of herbicides with soil residual activity in corn and soybean production has complicated fall establishment of cover crops. Initially, the concern focused on the emergence and early vigor of cover crop stands, but has more recently been implicated by some individuals as contributing to a decrease in winter survival. As farmers explore methods for seeding cover crops even earlier in the fall or possibly inter-seeded with corn, the issue of herbicide carryover becomes an even more critical issue, says Bryan Young. The Purdue University weed scientist shares how we can make educated estimates of which herbicide and cover-crop combinations may be the most detrimental, but trial and error will prove to be the only reliable method of gaining local experience that directly relates to your farm operation.

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Maximizing Your Cover Crop Investment for Better No-Till Health and Profits - Darin Williams - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Increased water infiltration, less erosion, cleaner water and improved overall health of cash crops are just a few benefits Darin Williams has witnessed since adding cover crops to his 2,000-acre no-till operation in east central Kansas. Williams discusses these benefits and several more, including how cover crops have reduced his weed population and chemical inputs and allowed his non-GMO crops to do just as well as GMOs. He also shares how adding livestock to the operation has maximized his investment in cover crops, as well as his experience in marketing cover crop seed to seed companies.

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Plant Green into Cover Crops This Spring - Jim Hershey - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Jim Hershey challenges you to consider planting before you terminate your high-value cover crop in the spring. The Elizabethtown, Pa., no-tiller and president of the Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance has been practicing the “planting green” system on his corn, soybean, wheat and livestock operation using multispecies cover crops with great success. Hershey shares his experiences with this system and how it’s reduced his slug pressure to nothing. He also talks about the cover crop interseeder that was built on his farm and what he’s seen from it.

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Integrating a Diverse Rotation, Cover Crops and Livestock Into Your No-Till System - Darin Williams - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Darin Williams wishes he had known about no-till and grazing cover crops when he decided to go into home building after college because he didn’t think he’d make it as a farmer in his community. But since he took up farming in 2010, Williams has been able to grow his no-till operation to 2,000 acres of non-GMO corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, triticale, winter barley and milo, and grazes his cattle herd on cover crops to maximize their investment. Williams also has a flock of sheep and recently added poultry. Considering organic matter to be king on his farm, the Waverly, Kan., no-tiller discusses the components that make up his no-till system, including why he tries to direct-market everything produced to consumers and how he marketed his grain for premiums in 2015.

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Pluses and Minuses of Cover Crops

Now is the time to choose the right cover crop species to improve YOUR no-till operation. “The Pluses and Minuses of Today’s Most Popular Cover Crops” report reveals how you can pick and utilize the cover crop species that are perfect for your farm, and it’s FREE!

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