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  • Cover Crops

    Public
    A group dedicated to spreading the knowledge of cover crops
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops

    Cover Crops Canada

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    Cover cropping in Western Canada
    Interest: Cover Crops

    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 3 months ago

    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

    Should You Rotate Your Cover Crops? 4 Issues to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 5 months ago

    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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Cover crops not only helped Russell Hedrick win the 2016 North Carolina Dryland and No-Till Dryland yield contest, they also saved him $123 per acre on fertilizer and herbicide costs.

    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 6 months ago

    ”The seven wonders, ranked in order of most influence on yield, are:WeatherNitrogenHybridPrevious cropPlant populationTillageGrowth regulatorsWhile Below was referring to the cash crop rotation in the fourth wonder, some farmers are taking it one step further by seeding cover crops... Below two state corn yield champions share how cover crops helped them capture contest wins, while also improving their soil and boosting their profits... While Russell Hedrick didn’t intend for his yield-winning corn to follow corn — most of his farm is in a corn-soybean rotation, occasionally with some small grains — it proved just how beneficial cover crops can be in a mono-cropping situation... ”7-way blend increased yields and profitsHe believes that cover crop mix played a direct role in the 318... “Those cover crops coming into the equation have really helped us with our profitability...

    On the Offensive with Cover Crops

    By Pat Rogers

    Published 10 months ago

    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...

    Announcing the Winner of AgFuse’s 30 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published 6 months ago

    Yesterday, our 30 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest came to a close. All of the entries we received are amazing and we want to thank everyone who participated... Willis Jepson Posted on AgFuse Cover crops hard at work in TN... Justin Ramer Posted on AgFuse Beans popping through after overnight rain shower nestled in between the cereal rye Caleb Wolters Posted on AgFuse Corn growing in rye cover #dontfarmnaked We also want to highlight two honorable mentions: Justin Ramer of Walton, Indiana, and Caleb Wolters of Belmont, Wisconsin. Justin Ramer Posted on AgFuse Beans popping through after overnight rain shower nestled in between the cereal rye Caleb Wolters Posted on AgFuse Corn growing in rye cover #dontfarmnaked Caleb Wolters Posted on AgFuse Corn growing in rye cover #dontfarmnaked Thanks again to everyone for being part of the fun...

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 5 months ago

    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...

    Black oats are an excellent choice for beginning cover croppers.

    Top 5 Reasons Why Black Oats Are The Best Beginner's Cover Crop

    By Cover Crops

    Published 2 months ago

    It's a fact: cover crops tend to make good farmers into great farmers and average farmers into bad farmers. Cover crops work... If you've been sitting on the sidelines in the past but are interested in jumping on the cover crop bandwagon, don't be intimidated. There are cover crop choices that will make your first foray into cover crops a profitable and enjoyable experience. My favorite cover crop for beginners is black oats and here are the top five reasons why...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Grasses like cereal rye are a good species for beginning cover crop users as they grow fast and have fibrous roots. Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

    Early Cover Crop Benefits: What Can You Expect in the First Year?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 6 months ago

    In 1995, Pennsylvania farmer Steve Groff was speaking at an event when he asked the audience the question: Do cover crops pay off?His thinking at the time was that he had been no-tilling since 1982, and maybe if he no-tilled long enough, he wouldn’t need them. Ray Weil, a soil ecologist with the University of Maryland, happened to hear his question and approached Groff about doing a cover crop study on his farm... That was the year he had a drought, and the corn that was grown on previously cover-cropped ground out-yielded the corn on non-cover cropped ground by 28 bushels per acre... “Ever since that I’m totally committed to cover crops. ”Talk to most farmers who have been using cover crops and you may get a similar story...

    Categories: Cover Crops

  • Christopher Keen United States, TX, Plano

    Business Title: Coats Agri-Aloe, LLC.
    Job Title: Sales Representative
    About: Bilingual: English/Spanish. Currently in charge of sales and marketing in Europe and Africa. I oversee testing, adherence to protocols and adapting protocols for different crops.
    Interests: Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Dairy, Cover Crops, Organic, Agribusiness, Fruit, Biostimulants

    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 Cattle, Poultry, Hogs, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness, Cereal Rye

    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, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Marketing

    Aaron Smith United States, CA, Oxnard

    Business Title: AGQ USA Inc.
    Job Title: Agronomy Business Development
    About: Using every platform I can to spread the word about AGQ Labs. We are a soil, water, plant tissue, pesticide residue testing lab located in Oxnard CA. We specialize in precision agriculture and are well versed in nutritional programs for a variety of crops. Take a look at our website at: www.agq.com.es/en
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Specialty/Vegetable, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Agribusiness, Permanent Crops

    Garrett Smith United States, NC, Asheboro

    Business Title: Smith Farm
    Job Title: CEO
    About: Not much work farm
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Poultry, Hogs, Cover Crops

    Pat Rogers United States, SC, Blenheim

    Business Title: Pat And Blake Rogers Farms
    Job Title: Owner
    About: I grow cotton, peanuts, soybeans, corn and wheat in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    AgFuse Administrator United States, SC, Blenheim

    Business Title: AgFuse LLC
    Job Title: Adminstrator
    About: AgFuse is a social media network created specifically to connect farmers and agriculture professionals throughout the world.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Larry Bird United States, IN, Terre Haute

    Interests: Cover Crops

  • Cover Crops

    Public
    A group dedicated to spreading the knowledge of cover crops
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops

    Cover Crops Canada

    Public
    Cover cropping in Western Canada
    Interest: Cover Crops

    Marlboro Crops

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

    AgFunder

    Public
    An online investment marketplace and daily news service covering the technologies and innovations shaping the agriculture markets globally.
    Interest: Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Unity College Sustainable Agriculture

    Private
    Unofficial Network of Unity College (Maine) Sustainable Agriculture Students and Alumni. Email using your Unity College email address (...@unity.edu) for access.
    Interest: Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Direct Driller Magazine

    Public
    Direct Driller is a magazine from the UK, designed by farmers for farmers to educate and inform the industry about systems of reduced cultivation and soil health. Sign up to receive your copy.
    Interest: Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Cover Crops

    Demo

    Public
    Demo group
    Interest: Cover Crops

    Soybeans

    Public
    A group for soybean farmers
    Interest: Soybeans, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Marketing, Agribusiness

    The Peanut Patch

    Public
    A group for peanut growers and processors
    Interest: Peanuts, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Corn Growers Group

    Public
    A group for corn growers
    Interest: Corn, Beef Cattle, Poultry, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Marketing

  • 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 3 months ago

    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

    Should You Rotate Your Cover Crops? 4 Issues to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 5 months ago

    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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Cover crops not only helped Russell Hedrick win the 2016 North Carolina Dryland and No-Till Dryland yield contest, they also saved him $123 per acre on fertilizer and herbicide costs.

    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 6 months ago

    ”The seven wonders, ranked in order of most influence on yield, are:WeatherNitrogenHybridPrevious cropPlant populationTillageGrowth regulatorsWhile Below was referring to the cash crop rotation in the fourth wonder, some farmers are taking it one step further by seeding cover crops... Below two state corn yield champions share how cover crops helped them capture contest wins, while also improving their soil and boosting their profits... While Russell Hedrick didn’t intend for his yield-winning corn to follow corn — most of his farm is in a corn-soybean rotation, occasionally with some small grains — it proved just how beneficial cover crops can be in a mono-cropping situation... ”7-way blend increased yields and profitsHe believes that cover crop mix played a direct role in the 318... “Those cover crops coming into the equation have really helped us with our profitability...

    On the Offensive with Cover Crops

    By Pat Rogers

    Published 10 months ago

    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...

    Announcing the Winner of AgFuse’s 30 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published 6 months ago

    Yesterday, our 30 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest came to a close. All of the entries we received are amazing and we want to thank everyone who participated... Willis Jepson Posted on AgFuse Cover crops hard at work in TN... Justin Ramer Posted on AgFuse Beans popping through after overnight rain shower nestled in between the cereal rye Caleb Wolters Posted on AgFuse Corn growing in rye cover #dontfarmnaked We also want to highlight two honorable mentions: Justin Ramer of Walton, Indiana, and Caleb Wolters of Belmont, Wisconsin. Justin Ramer Posted on AgFuse Beans popping through after overnight rain shower nestled in between the cereal rye Caleb Wolters Posted on AgFuse Corn growing in rye cover #dontfarmnaked Caleb Wolters Posted on AgFuse Corn growing in rye cover #dontfarmnaked Thanks again to everyone for being part of the fun...

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 5 months ago

    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...

    Black oats are an excellent choice for beginning cover croppers.

    Top 5 Reasons Why Black Oats Are The Best Beginner's Cover Crop

    By Cover Crops

    Published 2 months ago

    It's a fact: cover crops tend to make good farmers into great farmers and average farmers into bad farmers. Cover crops work... If you've been sitting on the sidelines in the past but are interested in jumping on the cover crop bandwagon, don't be intimidated. There are cover crop choices that will make your first foray into cover crops a profitable and enjoyable experience. My favorite cover crop for beginners is black oats and here are the top five reasons why...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Grasses like cereal rye are a good species for beginning cover crop users as they grow fast and have fibrous roots. Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

    Early Cover Crop Benefits: What Can You Expect in the First Year?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 6 months ago

    In 1995, Pennsylvania farmer Steve Groff was speaking at an event when he asked the audience the question: Do cover crops pay off?His thinking at the time was that he had been no-tilling since 1982, and maybe if he no-tilled long enough, he wouldn’t need them. Ray Weil, a soil ecologist with the University of Maryland, happened to hear his question and approached Groff about doing a cover crop study on his farm... That was the year he had a drought, and the corn that was grown on previously cover-cropped ground out-yielded the corn on non-cover cropped ground by 28 bushels per acre... “Ever since that I’m totally committed to cover crops. ”Talk to most farmers who have been using cover crops and you may get a similar story...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 2 weeks ago

    Keith Berns, a farmer, agricultural educator and co-owner of Green Cover Seed in Bladen, Neb. , recommends having eight to 10 different species in a cover crop mix, with at least six of them being highly mycorrhizal. Aside from brassicas, which do not associate with AMF, Bern says most cover crops are beneficial for AMF... While many cover crop species promote mycorrhizal fungi growth, Green Cover Seed co-owner Keith Berns says oats in particular are an excellent choice... But for growers who are in a two-crop rotation where one is a brassica, they need to look at ways of getting other plant species in their soil, such as through intercropping or cover crops...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Ten Ways to Increase Your Farm's Profits in 2018

    By AgFuse Exclusive Content

    Published 1 month ago

    Part 1: Know Your True Cost of Production Why Your TCOP Matters How to Calculate Your TCOP Part 2: Take the Emotions Out of Your Marketing Plan Why You Need a Plan How to Create a Marketing Matrix How to Determine Your Marketable Inventory How to Use a Marketing Matrix Why You Need an Accountability Partner Part 3: Replace Dead Assets What Are Dead Assets? What Are Productive Assets? Part 4: Manage Your Cash Flow Conversion Cycle What a Cash Flow Conversion Cycle Is How to Speed Up Incoming Flows How to Postpone Outgoing Flows How to Minimize Paying Interest Part 5: Start Using Cover Crops ... And Get Paid To Do It Why Cover Crops Make Sense How to Obtain Funding Part 6: Take Your Own Soil Samples Why You Should Get Your Own Sampler Who Else You Can Get Consultations From How This Approach Helps You Save Part 7: Bid Out Inputs Why You Should Be In Contact With Multiple Dealers What the Ground Rules Are For Getting Multiple Bids Part 8: Manage Your Fields By Zone How to Create Productivity Zones How to Use Productivity Zones How the Management System Affects Profits Part 9: Focus on Efficiency Over Growth Why Efficiency Matters More Than Size How to Increase Revenue How to Reduce Costs How Increased Efficiency Can Lead to Scaling Part 10: Know Your Optimal Scale ... Part 5: Start Using Cover Crops ... And Get Paid To Do It Why Cover Crops Make Sense Almost all farmers agree that ​cover crops are a great way to build your land up​. However, many farmers shy away because they aren’t sure how soon they’ll get an ROI from implementing cover crops into their operation...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Cover Crops

  • Posted By AgFuse Administrator
    7 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/this-earth-day-let-us-remember-those-who-are-actually-in-the-arena

    Posted By Jerry Smith
    6 months ago

    Another picture of cover crops!

    Posted By The Crossover
    7 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/what-the-intelligent-investor-can-teach-us-about-farming

    Posted By Cover Crops
    2 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/top-5-reasons-why-black-oats-are-the-best-beginner-039-s-cover-crop-1

    Posted By Willis Jepson
    6 months ago

    Cover crops hard at work in TN. Winter peas making nitrogen.

    Posted By AgFuse Administrator
    6 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/announcing-the-winner-of-agfuse-s-30-days-of-cover-crops-photo-contest

    Posted By AgFuse Administrator
    7 months ago

    AgFuse is excited to announce a fun photo contest: 30 Days of Cover Crops!

    To enter, simply take a photograph of your cover crops and post your image in the Cover Crops group on AgFuse. The winning photo will be the entry with the most engagements, which we define as the sum of likes and shares. The winner will receive an Orion Cooker!

    https://agfuse.com/group/covercrops

    The contest will end on May 15 and there are no limits to the number of photos you post. For more information, you can visit the contest’s official Terms and Conditions page. https://agfuse.com/home/photo-contest-terms-of-service 

    Posted By AgFuse Administrator
    6 months ago

    There’s still time to enter our 30 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest for a chance to win an Orion Cooker! Entries will be accepted through May 15.
    https://agfuse.com/agfuseadministrator/posts/M2pFb0FSSjVTWnB0cUVQUzB5UmlZdz09

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    6 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/how-yield-champions-use-cover-crops-for-growing-higher-bushels

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    5 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/should-you-rotate-your-cover-crops-4-issues-to-consider