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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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Surprise!  That's what our reaction was to the volunteer annual ryegrass growing in our fields nearly 18 months after they were sown.

Cover Crops: Buy One Year, Get Another Year Free

Almost two years to the day I posted an article about Killing Tall Annual Ryegrass. The problem of a wet and chilly 2011 has resurfaced an ugly head to be a wet and COLD spring of 2013. But over the past week or so temperatures have warmed into the 70’s and 80’s with cover crop […]

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Should farmers be penalized in a wet and cold year for growing a cover crop instead of having a field of winter annual weeds?  Common sense says that a cover crop is better for agriculture than weeds.

Cover Crops and Crop Insurance – Spring Reminders

UPDATE FROM RMA–Haying and Grazing of a Cover Crop – FINAL – 5-8-13 Cover Crops and Crop Insurance on Collision Course again? Cover Crops and Crop Insurance issues seem to be heading to a collision course again this spring in much of the Midwest.  In the Corn Belt wet fields have prevented planting with less […]

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Hallelujah – New RMA ruling provides a BIG boost for cover crop users and Agriculture

The Risk Management Agency ruled today to change their policy on cover crop usage and cash crops that follow cover crops.  In a previous post I reported some limitations that the RMA had on following cover crops (cover crops could not be headed out, could not be harvested before planting cash crop, etc…). This good […]

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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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