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

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published Apr 15, 2019 

    AgFuse is excited to announce our third year of hosting a fun photo contest and we want you to be a part of it. There will be three winners with the first prize being a $200 gift card to Amazon! The second prize is a $100 Amazon gift card and the third prize is a $50 Amazon gift card. To enter our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest, 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... Join the Cover Crops GroupClicking the group link above will prompt you to become a member of the group and to automatically receive notifications when activity occurs within this group...

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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

    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

    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 Harmon United States, IA, Ames

    Business Title: Iowa State University
    Job Title: Extension Agent Or University Employee
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Beef, Dairy, Swine, Crop Protection, Fertility, Soil Health, Precision Agriculture, Ag Policy, Succession Planning, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops

    Frankie Gould United States, LA, Livonia

    Business Title: LSU AgCenter
    Job Title: Extension Agent or University Employee
    Interests: Cotton, Rice, Soybeans, Crop Protection, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Projects, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Organic Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Horses, 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

    Beginning Farmers

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    A group for young and beginning farmers to network and exchange tips for growing your farm from the ground up!
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Irrigation

    Organic Citrus

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    We are interested in gathering experiences, solutions and history of organic methods in citrus production. As well as record and document unique policy and market access hurdles organic citrus growers face in each different region of the world.
    Interest: Organic Row Crops, Crop Protection, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Homesteading

    AgNet West Radio Network

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    California and Arizona real farm radio, providing current, relevant, and interesting agriculture news. We are proud to serve the agriculture community. AgNet West is based in California.
    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, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture

    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

    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

    Conservation

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    Here\'s a place to discuss all aspects of conservation.
    Interest: Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS

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

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published Apr 15, 2019 

    AgFuse is excited to announce our third year of hosting a fun photo contest and we want you to be a part of it. There will be three winners with the first prize being a $200 gift card to Amazon! The second prize is a $100 Amazon gift card and the third prize is a $50 Amazon gift card. To enter our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest, 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... Join the Cover Crops GroupClicking the group link above will prompt you to become a member of the group and to automatically receive notifications when activity occurs within this group...

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    See the Winning Photos from AgFuse’s 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest!

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published May 18, 2020 

    Our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest has now come to a close... Kelly Griggs Posted on AgFuse Red winged black bird hanging out in our cover crop field on rye... Diego Perez Posted on AgFuse Meet the Winners of AgFuse’s 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest! The 2019 edition of our “31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest” has ended... Kelly Griggs Posted on AgFuse Red winged black bird hanging out in our cover crop field on rye... Diego Perez Posted on AgFuse Meet the Winners of AgFuse’s 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest! The 2019 edition of our “31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest” has ended...

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    Here Comes AgFuse’s 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest!

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published Apr 15, 2020 

    Welcome to AgFuse’s fourth year of hosting a 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest! This is a fun time for each of us to share our favorite cover crop photos. There will be three winners with the first prize being a $100 gift card to Amazon! The second prize is a $50 Amazon gift card and the third prize is a $25 Amazon gift card. 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. The winning photo will be the entry with the most engagements, which we define as the sum of likes and shares... Join the Cover Crops GroupClicking the group link above will prompt you to become a member of the group and to automatically receive notifications when activity occurs within this group...

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  • Posted By Becky Johnson
    16 hours ago 

    "The FEEDD Act would create a clear emergency waiver authority for the USDA to allow producers to graze, hay or chop a cover crop before November 1st in the event of a feed shortage due to excessive moisture, flood, or drought. With this waiver, producers would not have to take a further discount on their crop insurance."

    https://www.agdaily.com/news/feedd-act-provides-grazing-flexibility-farmers

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    Posted By Cover Crops
    19 hours ago 

    https://www.farmprogress.com/cover-crops/tips-moving-cover-crops-slowly



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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Feb 25 

    https://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/2021/02/video-can-cover-crops-reduce-nitrate.html

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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Feb 19 

    https://www.capitalpress.com/ag_sectors/orchards_nuts_vines/cover-cropping-gains-popularity-in-vineyards/article_ff893b46-721d-11eb-999f-87da699a5537.html

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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Feb 17 

    https://www.agweek.com/opinion/columns/6885442-The-next-step-for-cover-crops

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    Posted By Anonymous Member
    Feb 15 

    https://agfuse.com/question/what-cover-crops-were-popular-before-inorganic-fertilizer
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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Feb 11 

    https://ocj.com/2021/02/questions-answers-and-more-questions-about-cover-crops/

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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Feb 8 

    https://ocj.com/2021/02/crimping-cover-crops-2/
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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Feb 5 

    https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/midwest-cover-crops-council-annual-meeting 
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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Feb 4 

    Here's a great interview with @Steve Groff , "The Henry Ford of cover crops."
    https://farmmachinerydigest.com/on-the-road-to-steve-groff/

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