Feed the Soil, Feed the World
Published Sep 20
In part one of this two-part series on the economics of cover crops, we explore how they can help reduce input costs. By GO SEED“Yeah, the principle of cover crops makes sense but how much are they going to cost me?” From farmers using them in rotations to field experts alike, this is one of the most common questions they get asked when discussing the integration of cover crops. And in a business where inputs can quickly get out of hand and cut into thin profit margins, it is understandably so. According to Jerry Hall, Director of Research for GO SEED, this question needs to be flipped on its head with farmers asking, “How much can cover crops save me?” “With strategic use, cover crops can help decrease inputs like fuel and labor, while providing long-term production benefits from resource improvement,” explains Hall. “To see the full potential they bring to an operation, we need to stop chasing yield and look at the overall production picture...
Categories: Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Fertility