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    Cover cropping in Western Canada
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    When is it Too Late to Seed Cover Crops?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 29, 2019 

    And if you plan on seeding your cover crops after your crops are off, you have the added challenge of trying to get them seeded in a timely manner... It leads to the question: Is it ever too late to seed cover crops?The short answer: It depends... The General Manager of cover crop seed company Future Generation Ag explains that your weather conditions, location, the number of acres you have, the species of cash crop you’re coming from and going to, as well as equipment, all play a role in determining whether it’s too late to get your cover crops seeded. But the first factor to consider is when you want to benefit from that cover crop. “It’s never too late to plant cover crops, but if you wanted the benefit in the fall and early winter, then it’s too late,” he says...

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    Middle Tennessee State University soil scientist Samuel Haruna analyzes a soil sample from his research fields to see how cover crops impact soil temperature. Photo provided by Samuel Haruna.

    Struggling with Soil Temperature During Planting? Cover Crops Can Help

    By Laura Barrera

    Updated Aug 17, 2020 

    One practice that can help fix that? Cover crops... Growing cover crops before the planting season is one way to help ensure that. How Cover Crops Stabilize Soil TemperatureTo understand how cover crops can buffer against rapid changes in soil temperature, we first need to understand what causes soil to warm up quickly... Because cover crops have the ability to improve soil moisture retention, break up compaction, and increase organic matter and carbon, Haruna theorized that it was a management practice that could help buffer rapid temperature changes... One was conducted with a three-way cover crop mix of hairy vetch, Austrian winter peas, and cereal rye on a no-till field in Missouri, while the other was conducted on a no-till field in Tennessee with just winter wheat...

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    Experts warn that growing continuous peanuts or other legumes close in rotation to the peanut crop can have detrimental effects on peanuts — namely soilborne diseases. This includes leguminous cover crops. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Can You Use Legume Cover Crops in Your Peanut Rotation?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 31, 2018 

    But what about using a legume cover crop? Can you include a legume like crimson clover in a cover crop mix that will be seeded on a field that includes peanuts in the rotation?The answer is a little more complicated than just yes or no. Avoid Legumes Before Peanuts; Use Grasses InsteadBalkcom believes the rule of avoiding legumes before peanuts also applies to legume cover crops, and points out that the typical intended purpose of growing a legume cover, doesn’t make sense for growing in front a peanut crop anyway. “When you plant a cover crop, what are you trying to get out of the cover crop?” he asks. “If we’re planting a legume cover crop, then more than likely we’re trying to produce some nitrogen that will hopefully lower the fertilizer requirements for the subsequent crop... So it really makes no sense to buy a legume cover crop that’s going to be more expensive than, say, your traditional grass cover crops...

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    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 29, 2018 

    When it comes to cover crops and nutrient management, a lot of the focus is on what cover crops can do for soil fertility... But how should farmers adjust their fertilizer practices for their cash crops following cover crops? John Pike, a contract researcher and cover crop specialist for the Zea Maize Foundation and IL Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, and a former Research Agronomist at the University of Illinois at Dixon Springs Research station, says that while there are some nuances that need to be planned for, the basic principles of soil fertility and crop management are much the same. “It’s a matter of fine-tuning the cover crop system to fit the soils, climate and equipment that’s available in the operation that we’re talking about on any given day,” he says... ”Nitrogen timing is criticalFarmers first need to consider the benefits of the cover crops they’re seeding and how they may affect their fertilizer plans... But when that nitrogen is available to the following crop is highly dependant on the timing of the cover crop termination...

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    On the Offensive with Cover Crops

    By Pat Rogers

    Published Jan 24, 2018 

    In the past few years, we have made a concerted effort to increase the usage of cover crops and other conservation practices on our farm... The cornerstone of any good crop production system involving conservation techniques is the establishment of cover crops. Cover crops have traditionally been thought of as a defensive measure... But while the defensive qualities of cover crops are certainly great, what excites me the most about cover crops is actually their ability to enhance crop yields, especially in years where weather conditions are already favorable. Cover crops’ ability to take a good crop yield and make it great can be explained by considering the framework of something known as Liebig’s Law of Minimum, which can be summarized as “If one of the critical nutrients or soil conditions is deficient, plant growth will be limited even if all other critical nutrients and soil conditions are abundant...

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    Should You Rotate Your Cover Crops? 4 Issues to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 15, 2018 

    By adding cover crops to the mix, you’re diversifying your rotation even more. But have you thought about rotating your cover crops? Should you be using the same cover crop species back to back, year after year?Dave Robison, who runs the blog PlantCoverCrops... Avoiding clubroot with rotationRobison warns that if you continually utilize brassicas in your cover crop mix, you need to consider doing some level of rotation... While this can result in an unhealthy cover crop, for farmers who grow brassicas as a cash crop — especially canola — the disease can be detrimental... ”Michigan State University Extension advises not planting oilseed radish as a cover crop on the same field for more than two years in a row, and avoiding it when growing cabbage, broccoli or radish for cash crops because of its susceptibility to the disease...

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    AgFuse’s 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest is Back!

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published Apr 15 

    Today marks the start of our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest! This is our fifth year of hosting the contest, which is a fun way for AgFuse community members throughout the world to share your favorite cover crop photos... To enter our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest, simply take a photograph of cover crops and post your image in the Cover Crops group on AgFuse... Step #1: Make sure you’re following the Cover Crops group. Using a web browser or the AgFuse app, simply visit the Cover Crops group profile page and tap the “Follow” button. Step #2: When creating your Quick Post, make sure the “Viewable By” field has been set to “Group Members” and then “Cover Crops...

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    Prevented Planting? Cover Crops Offer a Silver Lining

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2019 

    Instead, it provides a great opportunity to seed cover crops. Why Cover Crop Prevented Plant Acres?“If you have livestock, it’s a total no-brainer,” says Sarah Carlson, Strategic Initiatives Director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, explaining that sorghum-sudangrass or Japanese millet would provide livestock farmers access to a lot of forage for the summer and reduce their feedstock expenses. The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is also allowing farmers to hay, graze or chop cover crops on prevented plant acres earlier this year, with final grazing and haying being moved from Nov... According to the press release, growers can hay, graze, or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after Sept... If you have livestock, growing a cover crop on prevented plant acres will give you summer forage and reduce feed expenses, says Sarah Carlson...

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  • Ashley Davenport United States, MI, Vicksburg

    Business Title: MichiganAgToday
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Farm broadcaster
    About: Farm director for the Michigan Ag Today radio network. My coverage is diverse as Michigan's crop offerings: field crops, specialty crops, and livestock.
    Interests: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans, Beef, Poultry, Swine, Feed, Dairy, Crop Protection, Soil Health, Irrigation, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, News, Marketing, Agribusiness, Farmland and Real Estate, Ag Policy, Cover Crops, NRCS, Vegetables, Orchard Crops, Hemp, Timber, Hunting

    Johnathan Helms United States, SC, Bennettsville

    Job Title: Farmer
    About: We run a family farm in Marlboro County SC of row crops such as wheat corn rapeseed soybeans and sorghum.
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Canola, Sorghum, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Marketing

    Jay Brandt United States, OH, Carroll

    About: Farm 1000 acres corn, beans, cereal rye with my father 100% no-till. Co-owner of Walnut Creek Seeds (cover crop and organic corn and beans) with my wife and father.
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness, Cereal Rye

    Brian German United States, CA, Fresno

    Business Title: AgNet West Radio Network
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Ag Media
    Interests: Cotton, Beef, Dairy, Grass-Fed Livestock, Crop Protection, Irrigation, Precision Agriculture, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

    Ray Bohacz United States, NJ, Hackettstown

    Business Title: Farm Machinery Digest
    Job Title: Farmer, Other Ag Professional, Podcaster/Radio show host
    Interests: Corn, Beef, Poultry, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Agribusiness, Operating a Farm, Projects, Purchasing, Repair, Shops, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Vegetables, Timber

    Rodney Michael United States, SC, Society Hill

    Business Title: Treely
    Job Title: Farmer, Landowner, Ag Investor, Other Ag Professional, Founder
    About: Family Man / Entrepreneur
    Interests: Ag Policy, Organic Row Crops, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness, Farmland and Real Estate, Fishing, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Ag Commentary, News, Farm Management, Operating a Farm, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Homesteading, Hunting, Tobacco

    Garrett Smith United States, NC, Asheboro

    Business Title: Smith Farm
    Job Title: CEO
    About: Not much work farm
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Vegetables, Beef, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops

    Kyle Park United States, MO, Nixa

    Business Title: Amway
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional
    About: How can I serve you? My passion is to serve and help you as a grower in any way that I can. My goal is to make you more money than you know what to do with. If you grow any plant I can help you increase your yields directly. If you grow livestock I can help you increase your yield by improving the pasture they graze.
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Grass-Fed Livestock, Crop Protection, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Timber

  • Cover Crops Canada

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    Cover cropping in Western Canada
    Interest: Cover Crops

    Marlboro Crops

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    A group where farmers in Marlboro County, SC can provide crop scouting updates to each other.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops

    Ag Industry News And Insights

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    Here’s a place to spread the word concerning announcements and insights that the whole ag industry may be interested in.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    AgFunder

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    A digitally native foodtech and agtech venture capital firm with an active media arm in AgFunderNews.com
    Interest: Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Fertility And Soils

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    A group dedicated to providing information on crop fertility and soil qualities.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, NRCS

    AgTech

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    The latest news on the innovative technology in the agricultural industry
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Treely

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    We are innovators, real estate specialists, and hands on problem solvers, serving buyers & sellers of country real estate, timber, and commercial real estate in the Carolinas.
    Interest: Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    TerraStride Pro

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    TerraStride Pro\\\'s online mapping platform improves your marketing and closes more listings
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

  • When is it Too Late to Seed Cover Crops?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 29, 2019 

    And if you plan on seeding your cover crops after your crops are off, you have the added challenge of trying to get them seeded in a timely manner... It leads to the question: Is it ever too late to seed cover crops?The short answer: It depends... The General Manager of cover crop seed company Future Generation Ag explains that your weather conditions, location, the number of acres you have, the species of cash crop you’re coming from and going to, as well as equipment, all play a role in determining whether it’s too late to get your cover crops seeded. But the first factor to consider is when you want to benefit from that cover crop. “It’s never too late to plant cover crops, but if you wanted the benefit in the fall and early winter, then it’s too late,” he says...

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    Middle Tennessee State University soil scientist Samuel Haruna analyzes a soil sample from his research fields to see how cover crops impact soil temperature. Photo provided by Samuel Haruna.

    Struggling with Soil Temperature During Planting? Cover Crops Can Help

    By Laura Barrera

    Updated Aug 17, 2020 

    One practice that can help fix that? Cover crops... Growing cover crops before the planting season is one way to help ensure that. How Cover Crops Stabilize Soil TemperatureTo understand how cover crops can buffer against rapid changes in soil temperature, we first need to understand what causes soil to warm up quickly... Because cover crops have the ability to improve soil moisture retention, break up compaction, and increase organic matter and carbon, Haruna theorized that it was a management practice that could help buffer rapid temperature changes... One was conducted with a three-way cover crop mix of hairy vetch, Austrian winter peas, and cereal rye on a no-till field in Missouri, while the other was conducted on a no-till field in Tennessee with just winter wheat...

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    Experts warn that growing continuous peanuts or other legumes close in rotation to the peanut crop can have detrimental effects on peanuts — namely soilborne diseases. This includes leguminous cover crops. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Can You Use Legume Cover Crops in Your Peanut Rotation?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 31, 2018 

    But what about using a legume cover crop? Can you include a legume like crimson clover in a cover crop mix that will be seeded on a field that includes peanuts in the rotation?The answer is a little more complicated than just yes or no. Avoid Legumes Before Peanuts; Use Grasses InsteadBalkcom believes the rule of avoiding legumes before peanuts also applies to legume cover crops, and points out that the typical intended purpose of growing a legume cover, doesn’t make sense for growing in front a peanut crop anyway. “When you plant a cover crop, what are you trying to get out of the cover crop?” he asks. “If we’re planting a legume cover crop, then more than likely we’re trying to produce some nitrogen that will hopefully lower the fertilizer requirements for the subsequent crop... So it really makes no sense to buy a legume cover crop that’s going to be more expensive than, say, your traditional grass cover crops...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Peanuts

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    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 29, 2018 

    When it comes to cover crops and nutrient management, a lot of the focus is on what cover crops can do for soil fertility... But how should farmers adjust their fertilizer practices for their cash crops following cover crops? John Pike, a contract researcher and cover crop specialist for the Zea Maize Foundation and IL Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, and a former Research Agronomist at the University of Illinois at Dixon Springs Research station, says that while there are some nuances that need to be planned for, the basic principles of soil fertility and crop management are much the same. “It’s a matter of fine-tuning the cover crop system to fit the soils, climate and equipment that’s available in the operation that we’re talking about on any given day,” he says... ”Nitrogen timing is criticalFarmers first need to consider the benefits of the cover crops they’re seeding and how they may affect their fertilizer plans... But when that nitrogen is available to the following crop is highly dependant on the timing of the cover crop termination...

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    On the Offensive with Cover Crops

    By Pat Rogers

    Published Jan 24, 2018 

    In the past few years, we have made a concerted effort to increase the usage of cover crops and other conservation practices on our farm... The cornerstone of any good crop production system involving conservation techniques is the establishment of cover crops. Cover crops have traditionally been thought of as a defensive measure... But while the defensive qualities of cover crops are certainly great, what excites me the most about cover crops is actually their ability to enhance crop yields, especially in years where weather conditions are already favorable. Cover crops’ ability to take a good crop yield and make it great can be explained by considering the framework of something known as Liebig’s Law of Minimum, which can be summarized as “If one of the critical nutrients or soil conditions is deficient, plant growth will be limited even if all other critical nutrients and soil conditions are abundant...

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    Should You Rotate Your Cover Crops? 4 Issues to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 15, 2018 

    By adding cover crops to the mix, you’re diversifying your rotation even more. But have you thought about rotating your cover crops? Should you be using the same cover crop species back to back, year after year?Dave Robison, who runs the blog PlantCoverCrops... Avoiding clubroot with rotationRobison warns that if you continually utilize brassicas in your cover crop mix, you need to consider doing some level of rotation... While this can result in an unhealthy cover crop, for farmers who grow brassicas as a cash crop — especially canola — the disease can be detrimental... ”Michigan State University Extension advises not planting oilseed radish as a cover crop on the same field for more than two years in a row, and avoiding it when growing cabbage, broccoli or radish for cash crops because of its susceptibility to the disease...

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    AgFuse’s 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest is Back!

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published Apr 15 

    Today marks the start of our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest! This is our fifth year of hosting the contest, which is a fun way for AgFuse community members throughout the world to share your favorite cover crop photos... To enter our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest, simply take a photograph of cover crops and post your image in the Cover Crops group on AgFuse... Step #1: Make sure you’re following the Cover Crops group. Using a web browser or the AgFuse app, simply visit the Cover Crops group profile page and tap the “Follow” button. Step #2: When creating your Quick Post, make sure the “Viewable By” field has been set to “Group Members” and then “Cover Crops...

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    Prevented Planting? Cover Crops Offer a Silver Lining

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2019 

    Instead, it provides a great opportunity to seed cover crops. Why Cover Crop Prevented Plant Acres?“If you have livestock, it’s a total no-brainer,” says Sarah Carlson, Strategic Initiatives Director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, explaining that sorghum-sudangrass or Japanese millet would provide livestock farmers access to a lot of forage for the summer and reduce their feedstock expenses. The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is also allowing farmers to hay, graze or chop cover crops on prevented plant acres earlier this year, with final grazing and haying being moved from Nov... According to the press release, growers can hay, graze, or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after Sept... If you have livestock, growing a cover crop on prevented plant acres will give you summer forage and reduce feed expenses, says Sarah Carlson...

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    Here Are the Winners of Our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest!

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published May 17 

    Our fifth year of hosting the 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest has come to a close... Diane Kovach Posted on AgFuse Jennie Schmidt Posted on AgFuse My father in law on a HiBoy interseeder, planting #covercrops into #notill corn. Circa 1965 #EasternShore #Maryland #Farm365 #31DaysOfCoverCrops Kelly Griggs Posted on AgFuse Planting green... Jennie Schmidt Posted on AgFuse My father in law on a HiBoy interseeder, planting #covercrops into #notill corn. Circa 1965 #EasternShore #Maryland #Farm365 #31DaysOfCoverCrops Kelly Griggs Posted on AgFuse Planting green...

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    Meet the Winners of AgFuse’s 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest!

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published May 17, 2019 

    The 2019 edition of our “31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest” has ended. We received many great entries and want to thank everyone for their participation... Kevin Elmy Posted on AgFuse Aneya Taylor Posted on AgFuse cover crops from Dittmar Family Farms in Felton, DE USA The second-place winner, who will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon, is Kevin Elmy from Bredenbury, Saskatchewan. Kevin Elmy Posted on AgFuse Aneya Taylor Posted on AgFuse cover crops from Dittmar Family Farms in Felton, DE USA The third-place winner, who will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon, is Aneya Taylor from Felton, Delaware. Aneya Taylor Posted on AgFuse cover crops from Dittmar Family Farms in Felton, DE USA Thanks again to everyone for being part of the fun...

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  • What cover crops were popular before inorganic fertilizer?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Feb 15 

    What cover crops did farmers use prior to inorganic forms of fertilizer becoming popular?

    Categories: Fertility, Cover Crops, NRCS

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    When should you terminate legume cover crops for peak N production?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Mar 26, 2020 

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    What are some good summer cover crops for prevented plant acres?

    By Pat Rogers

    Published May 30, 2020 

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    Do you plant your cash crops into living cover crops?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Feb 25 

    Do you plant green? If so, what termination methods/timing do you use? For example, a burndown before planting the cash crop? Roller-crimping after planting? Etc. Thanks!

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    What types of cover crops are good for beginners?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Jul 16 

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    Can NVDI be used to estimate biomass tonnage in cover crops?

    By Pat Rogers

    Published Feb 15 

    Categories: Crop Scouting, Precision Agriculture

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    How important is increasing cover crop mass when timing burndown?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Apr 8, 2020 

    Is there a lot of benefit to letting cover crops grow a tremendous amount of vegetation prior to terminating them or do the risks of increased planting difficulty make it not worth the trouble?

    Categories: Corn, Cotton, Cover Crops

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    If you use a cover crop roller, when should you burn down?

    By Pat Rogers

    Published Apr 7 

    If you are using a cover crop roller prior to planting, should you burn down before or after rolling the cover crops?

    Categories: Tools, Cover Crops, NRCS

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    cover cropping with triticale ,hairy vetch and cow peas late fall?

    By Brady Shortell

    Published Oct 18, 2020 

    Looking at planting triticale with hairy vetch and cow peas for a cover crop next year for a cash crop or corn to be planted late May 2021 using a roller crimper to terminate the cover crop before plant. It’s October 18th, I won’t be able to plant until the 22nd. Night time temps have fluctuated from mid 30s to high 20s no consistency yet. Some nights stay closer to 40. Highs are in the 70s and 80s. Am I too late for any of my covers? Any suggestions on planting rates? Will triticale terminate properly if I follow the method used for Rye, waiting until the entire field is dropping pollen?

    Categories: Organic Specialty Crops, Cover Crops

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    What is the optimal pH for growing crops?

    By Jerry Smith

    Published Mar 10, 2020 

    Categories: Cotton, Peanuts, Cover Crops

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  • Posted By Risa DeMasi
    May 15, 2018 

    Cover Crops
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    Posted By Willis Jepson
    May 9, 2018 

    Cover crops hard at work in TN. Winter peas making nitrogen.
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    Posted By Aneya Taylor
    May 10, 2019 

    cover crops from Dittmar Family Farms in Felton, DE USA
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    Posted By Elizabeth Miller
    Dec 9, 2015 

    Cover Crops!
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    Cover Crops Increase Destruction of Weed Seed in Fields, Shed Light on Predator Interactions

    Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.
    Crops such as red clover, planted after a main crop’s harvest, often are used to provide cover for insects such as ground beetles that feed on weed seed scattered along the soil surface. Beetles remove the seeds before they are tilled under and become part of the field’s long-term seed bank. Rodents are also important consumers of weed seeds and, like beetles, tend to prefer foraging under the shelter provided by cover.

    Illustration Photo: Cover cropping at Granton Vineyard. This image shows fava beans planted in alternate vineyard rows. The beans are slashed and raked under the vines to allow the biomass to break down over time and provide a source of valuable soil nutrient, including nitrogen. (credits: Stefano Lubiana / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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    Posted By Laura Barrera
    Jan 29, 2019 

    https://agfuse.com/article/when-is-it-too-late-to-seed-cover-crops
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    Posted By Pat Rogers
    Jan 24, 2018 

    https://agfuse.com/article/on-the-offensive-with-cover-crops-2
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    Posted By AgFuse Administrator
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    https://agfuse.com/article/agfuse-s-31-days-of-cover-crops-photo-contest-is-back
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    Posted By AgFuse Administrator
    Apr 15, 2020 

    https://agfuse.com/article/here-comes-agfuse-s-31-days-of-cover-crops-photo-contest
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    Posted By Laura Barrera
    Updated Aug 17, 2020 

    https://agfuse.com/article/struggling-with-soil-temperature-during-planting-cover-crops-can-help
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