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Are cover crops reaching a tipping point?

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Cover crops. It’s almost as if it’s just part of the art of farming these days. While it’s true that not everyone uses the practice, it’s getting more attention every day. There are management issues associated with the use of ...

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Top 8 tips for managing cover crops this spring

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Cover crops offer an effective way to protect against soil erosion in the winter and early spring, but what needs to happen when it’s time to prepare the field for corn or soybean planting? “There are a number of factors ...

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Key Factors to Consider as You Engage Cover Crops

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In the recent years, cover crops have risen to a great extent in terms of recognition, use and importance among many farmers. This is informed by the fact that they are good tools of retaining the levels of nitrogen and ...

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Cover Crop Strategies for Organic Reinvigoration

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Soils in mature organic systems may develop chronic, yield limiting problems that can’t be addressed with the short-term fixes available for nonorganic production. Examples include poor soil structure, loss of organic matter and the build-up of pest populations, most notably ...

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What is Green Manure?

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Green Manure’ doesn’t sound very pleasant but it does wonders for the health of the soil and subsequent plants. It is a crop that is grown mainly to benefit the soil rather than for food or ornament. The idea of ...

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5 Questions To Ask About Cover Crops

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Cover crop decisions can be initially overwhelming. “Details – especially timing – are critical,” says Dan Towery, president of Ag Conservation Solutions and Soil and Water Conservation Society. Here are five questions and tips Towery gives to guide you if ...

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Robot attempts nitrogen sidedress, cover crop seeding

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A big challenge – nitrogen management – could have a small solution. Rowbot Systems, a Minneapolis startup company, has developed an multi-platform robot that, among other things, can side-dress nitrogen in tall corn. The high-tech firm, founded in 2012, demonstrated a ...

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Why use cover crops in vegetable rotations

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Vegetable production involves many practices that compromise soil health, and therefore limit productivity. Therefore, leading vegetable growers want to overcome this barrier to success with practices that maintain soil health. Some of the management goals for which farmers use cover ...

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Benefits of Cover Crops

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Cover crops can boost your profits the first year you plant them. They can improve your bottom line even more over the years as their soil-improving effects accumulate. Other benefits reducing pollution, erosion and weed and insect pressure may be ...

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Plant and Manage Cover Crops for Maximum Weed Suppression

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A cover crop planted correctly and managed well can give nearly 100% weed control while it is growing, and substantial weed management benefits in subsequent vegetables. However, a cover crop poorly managed can become a weedy mess and make a ...

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