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New articles out on Cover Crops in the Upper Midwest

During the week of March 18-21 I spoke at the Legacy Seeds Cover Crop Meetings to over 150 people in three Wisconsin towns about cover crops.  During each meeting I showed why folks should consider using cover crops (erosion control, nutrient management, compaction reduction, aeration/infiltration, etc…).  I also implored producers to be creative about applying […]

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There will be opportunities to look in soil pits in Northern climates to see just what is going on beneath the surface of the soil.

More Fall Cover Crop Field Days Coming

This fall there are more cover crop field days to attend in Iowa and Wisconsin.   For those in Iowa see http://practicalfarmers.org/blog/2013/fall-2013-cover-crop-field-days-scheduled In Wisconsin there are two field days: October 21, 2013 – 10:30am – Cover Crop Plot Tour Hosted by Legacy Seeds’ Kris Tessar and Ag Ventures Shawano Located at the farm of Paul […]

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Damon Reabe from Reabe Spraying Services - Waupun, WI plays a big role in applying cover crops in SE WI.  Damon provided this photo.

Badger Plot Cover Crop Research Site – Producer Day Schedule Announced

Join me with Wisconsin NRCS at the Badger Plot Cover Crop Research Site on October 2, 2013 @ Jeff and Jerry Kreuziger Farms near Clyman, WI.  Sessions will run from 9:30-Noon or 1:00-3:30 CST.  This looks to be a great day to learn more about cover crops and soil health in southern Wisconsin/northern Illinois regions. […]

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This field had very poor soil structure. The regional NRCS specialist told me that many fields in the area had similar issues

Fall Cover Crop Management

While in southern Minnesota in early September 2013 I was asked when a farmer should plow his cover crop field this fall because he needs the fields to be “black” this winter in preparation for next spring.  I shuddered.  There I was in a beautiful field of cover crops that are jump-starting some biology on […]

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This prevent plant field had plenty of nitrogen from manure to capture.  Hagan farms used a hybrid brassica and spring barley to secure the nitrogen and Berseem clover to produce more N and provide better soil health.

Cover Crop Field Day Set in Blooming Prairie, MN

Cover Crops will be the main topic of discussion on September 4, 2013 at a cover crop field day and meeting in Blooming Prairie, MN. I have the privilege of speaking at this event as we look at cover crops on prevented plant acres.  We will also look at what cover crops work best in the […]

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Cover Crops to the Rescue!

A Huge Problem Recently I was in Minnesota with Brad Hagen, T.J. Kartes, and Andrew Heath looking at Brad’s 1,000+ acres or cover crops.  Brad had not intended on planting any of theses acres to cover crops in July, 2013…his intentions were to plant them in August or early September.  But spring 2013 rains and […]

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Pasja with Pearl Millet

Prevented Planting Seeding Options

I recorded this video a few weeks ago for the seed company I work for. After receiving numerous calls and e-mails asking for help on what to plant, I decided to put this presentation together.  Many of the options I mentioned as being viable to plant in mid-June can still be planted in July. Please […]

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2012.10.25 Oats Cover Crop Kosciusko County IN 2

Cover Crops and Prevented Plant Information Guidance

In late June I was on a farm in west central Wisconsin with two farmers that had over 3,000 of their nearly 6,000 acres that were too wet to plant in 2013.  This is an example of what I have seen and heard and read on personal farm calls, numerous phone calls, and multiple e-mails […]

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There are thousands upon Thousands of acres - mainly in the upper Midwest not planted in early June 2013.

Cover Crops and Prevented Planting Guidelines

Over the past few weeks I have heard from countless farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and Iowa that are considering taking prevented planting on all or parts of their farms. Growers Edge just published an excellent piece Prevented Planting Guidelines.  Also see my articles on Prevented Planting Row Crop Acres – Which Cover […]

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Annual ryegrass on the left and cereal rye on the right.  Look at the massive amount of cover on the annual ryegrass!

NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines Non-Irrigated Cropland

I appreciate Mike Baise from American Farmland Trust for sending me the document  NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines Non-Irrigated Cropland.  The document was published June 2013 and should be very helpful to everyone using cover crops.  

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