For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey—which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)—also details the challenges and benefits farmers expect...Read More
In 2010, University of Illinois crop scientist, Darin Eastburn, received an NCR-SARE Research and Education grant to study the use of cover crops in the prevention of soil erosion and suppression of weed growth in soybeans. So far, cereal rye and rapeseed are the most promising crops he's tested.
Source: Harvest Public Media, Peter Gray
Midwest farmers who rely on healthy soybean harvests have one more reason to consider adding cereal rye into their crop rotation in 2014.
Research conducted in Illinois indicates certain cover crops left in the ground during...Read More
A report has just been released with detailed results from a farmer survey on cover crops. The survey was carried out in partnership between the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). More than 750 farmers were surveyed during the winter of 2012-13, primarily from the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Questions on cover crop adoption, benefits, challenges, and yield impacts were included in the survey. Key findings included the following:
• During the fall of 2012,...Read More
"Momentum is building on cover crops, and I believe this survey information will be helpful not only for our SARE grant planning but also for other organizations," said Dr. Rob Myers, NCR-SARE’s PDP Coordinator and Regional Director for Extension Programs. "One of the goals of the survey is to determine the impact of cover crops on cash crop yields under the drought conditions that...Read More
SARE is at the forefront of supporting the innovative producers, educators and researchers who are making cover crops one of the most indispensable cost-saving tools in the soil-health toolbox. This story from Corn & Soybean Digest features several SARE projects, including Jim Hoorman's Graduate Student Grant project in Ohio.
Source: Corn & Soybean Digest
Many farmers want to improve soil quality, but because they operate in a competitive, rotation-intensive environment, any soil-building practice they are likely to adopt needs to be backed by solid data.That...Read More
As part of the MO SARE State Program, Debi Kelly will be hosting a webinar on cover crops on October 24, 9am-noon. Presenters will include Charles Ellis, a Natural Resource Engineer with the Lincoln County University of Missouri Extension Center, and Rich Hoormann, an Agronomy Specialist with Montgomery County University of Missouri Extension Center.
Rich Hoorman will cover:
- Laddonia Plots: Corn plant growth & development response to cover crops with yield information
- Results of 2012 spring root dig with backhoe by species
- Results of soil penetrometer readings...
The story below features the Minnesota Cover Crops Decision Tool by the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC), a group which consists of eight Midwestern states and one Canadian province. The project to develop the Minnesota Cover Crops Decision Tool was funded through a Minnesota NCR-SARE mini-grant in Fall 2011.
Cover crops are any green crops grown between cash crops. They come in many different varieties, but until recently little information was available to help growers decide which varieties to select and exactly when to plant them.