Tag: cover crop
Grazing cover crops can provide economic
returns to farming operations
within the same year cover crops are
• This study is in its third year and is
being conducted by farmers in the
North Raccoon watershed who are
participating in a Water Quality Initiative
• Utilizing cover crops as forage represents
a win-win for livestock producers
and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction
• Three cow-calf producers reported
that over two years, cover crops
provided up to 3.81 tons of dry
matter per acre.
• Grazing cover crops offset winter
feed expenses up to $38,953.
• Each farmer reaped economic
benefits within the same year of
planting the cover crops.
• Cost share was provided to each
farmer, which contributed to profitability.
January 4, 2018
The Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship announced today that they will be working with the Risk Management Agency and crop insurance companies in Iowa to reward farmers who are using cover crops on their farm. Farmers who have planted cover crops this fall or plan to still put out cereal rye on cornstalks […]
November 16, 2017
50 farmers and others met up at the Holland City Park on the evening of June 8th to learn more about how Fred Abels has made two farming practices, strip tillage and cover crops, work for him. After enjoying a supper of cheese hamburgers, baked beans, fruit and cookies prepared by PT Grillers the crowd […]
June 13, 2017
While farmers have been getting busy planting, we PFI staff have been getting to work writing up resources to make sure the 2017 season is the best yet for cover crops. Check out these three NEW resources for farmers and crop advisers on the latest recommendations for cover crop selection and best management practices. Cover […]
May 22, 2017
On Thursday April 6, fifty-one attendees gathered in the Leighton Town Hall for a cover crop field day hosted by Ward Van Dyke. After tucking into a delicious lunch organized by Sandi Van Dyke, we dove into the management and benefits of cover crops. We stayed indoors and had several presentations inside to kick off […]
April 19, 2017
“We have an infiltration problem, not a runoff problem.” This Ray Archuleta quote was much discussed on third and final installment in the American Society of Agronomy’s 2017 webinar series “Cover Crops – Looking Beyond the Basics.” The webinar, which took place on February 9, featured Anne Verhallen, a soil scientist from the Ontario Ministry of […]
March 21, 2017
Are you grazing cover crops this spring, or plan to in the fall? If so, it’s important to check and see if your corn or bean herbicides have grazing restrictions. Some common herbicides do not allow for grazing of cover crops or crop residue. If you’re grazing covers this spring, look back at what herbicides […]
March 9, 2017
On Thursday February 2, Practical Farmers held a cover crop field day at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Thirty or so attendees at the field day tuned in to the second webinar in the Agronomy Society of America’s “Cover Crops 2017 – Looking Beyond the Basics” series sponsored by SARE. Practical Farmers member Chris […]
February 3, 2017
In a Nutshell
• Delaying cover crop termination until
near soybean planting would allow
for more biomass production by the
cover crop in the spring presenting the
opportunity for more environmental
• Two farmer-cooperators continued
work they began in 2015 that compares
terminating a cereal rye cover crop 2-3
weeks prior to seeding soybeans (early
termination) with terminating the cover
crop within 5 days of seeding soybeans
• Jeremy Gustafson saw a 2 bu/ac increase
and improved weed control with
the late termination treatment in 2016.
This amounted to a $49.97/ac economic
benefit compared to the early termination
treatment. In 2015, soybean
yields were equivalent between the two
termination date treatments.
• Jack Boyer saw no difference in soybean
yields between the two cover
crop termination treatments in either
year. In 2015, he was able to skip a
post-emergence herbicide application
which saved him approx. $40/ac.
November 30, 2016
• This project tested the effect on
over-wintered garlic yield of planting
date and two mulching strategies:
companion-seeded oat cover crop vs.
• Farmer-cooperator Mark Quee planted
garlic in September with a companion
oat cover crop (oat residue following
winterkill intended to serve as mulch).
Garlic planted in October was mulched
• September-planted garlic had higher
yield than October-planted, but pervasive
rot in several areas of the field
may have impacted results.
November 18, 2016