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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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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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More rain tonight on already flooded fields create a tough situation for many Midwestern farmers.

Prevented Planting Row Crop Acres – Which Cover Crops Can Help?

The following was originally posted on May 27, 2011 when the Eastern Corn Belt was suffering with severe flooding and wet conditions.  In 2013 the Upper Midwest – especially Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin – is flooded and wet.  Many farmers are considering taking the crop insurance for prevented planting.  Even if it would stop raining […]

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Sudangrass can get quite tall and yield a plenty if managed well.

Summer Annual Grasses for Cover Crops for Prevented Planting Acres

With an abundance of prevented planting acres in Wisconsin and Minnesota in 2013, there is a need for cover crops to help build soil during the soil’s “idle” time.  In this post I’ll mainly focus on summer annual grasses that work well in the Midwest. These recommendations will focus on whether feed is needed or […]

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Many acres were never planted into row crops in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and other states in 2011.

Prevented planting and cover crops- Risk Management Agency rules

Here is a listing of links from USDA’s Risk Management Agency  that pertain to prevented planting.  I hope most of you folks never need these; but I know many of you might need them this year!  Thanks to Desiree King from RMA for passing these along (and for all of here help in this matter). […]

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Update on RMA Cover Crop Decision

Hey Folks, Here’s an  email I received yesterday from Eliav Biton, National Wildlife Federation, who has been working diligently on the topic of cover crops with the RMA. I wanted to get it out to you right away. We’re receiving many questions about cover crop options for prevented planting acres. All, I spoke by phone with RMA […]

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