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Cover Crops- It is Amazing how much interest there is these days!

It is amazing how much interest there is in cover cropping these days! Sarah Carlson from Practical Farmers of Iowa and I were discussing this fact in Omaha, NE earlier this week.  To think that there would be a conference like we attended in Omaha was almost a “dream” when we were attending some of […]

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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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Advancing Cover Crop Adoptions Research Agenda

Advancing Cover Crop Adoptions Research Agenda Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator with  Practical Farmers of Iowa and Ryan Stockwell, Agriculture Program Manager with the National Wildlife Federation have written an agenda that will help researching cover crops be more scientific over the next six to eight years.   The research agenda is published […]

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Corn planted into annual ryegrass cover crop

Results of Farmer Cover Crop Survey Conducted by SARE and CTIC

Folks, If you want to see how cover crops provide a very good ROI across a wide geographic region then this report is for you!  Thanks to Rob Meyers from SARE and the folks at CTIC for conducting and publishing this survey.  It helps me to see that the results on our home farm (and […]

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Some of the water that runs from Terry McClure’s Paulding County farm is captured for tests. ERIC ALBRECHT | DISPATCH PHOTOS Image 2 of 3

“Tracking Phosphorus Fresh from the Farm”

I recently saw a newspaper article “Tracking Phosphorous Fresh from the Farm” written by Spencer Hunt (shunt@dispatch.com) from The Columbus Dispatch Sunday May 26, 2013 9:03 AM and I found it to be a good read.  There are great things going on to help farmers do their best to be good stewards of the land […]

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Robison Farms Soil temperatures Spring 2013

Myths Debunked on Cover Crops and Colder Soil Temperatures? – Final Report

Sometimes apparent myths prove to be true and sometimes they prove to be…myths!  In March 2013 I asked my brother Don Robison from Robison Farms to help me figure out how cover crops might effect soil temperatures.  We have looked at data in previous posts trying to answer the question “Do Cover Crops that Survive […]

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September 5, 2011 planted Annual Ryegrass compared to Winter Cereal Rye in central Iowa in April 2012.  Note the dramatic difference in winterhardiness.

Cover Crops are Working in Iowa

Cover crops are working in Iowa! While that may not mean much to my eastern corn belt friends it means a lot in Iowa and the upper Midwest. Working with Sarah Carlson from Practical Farmers of Iowa and Tom Kaspar from ARS at Ames, Iowa, we’ve been attempting to identify what cover crops will be […]

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Don Robison holding up a corn plant from the cover crop plot area  that had Austrian Winter Peas and Radishes.

Followup in On-Farm Cover Crop Trial

The corn is now harvested at Robison Farms in rural Greenwood, IN and we are pleasantly surprised. Accurate Yield Estimates We actually achieved a somewhat higher yield than the hand check “guesstimate” that my brother Don and I made back in August.  We reported this yield in the blog post Cover Crops Provide Improved Corn Yields […]

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The plots in Indiana and at TNT farms will have soil pits to look at the roots and how the soil is benefiting from the cover crops.

Four Cover Crop Field Days in NW Indiana and Down-State Illinois

I know that there are lots of cover crop field days that I do not list on this site. However, I usually try to get cover crop field days listed on the Midwest Cover Crops Council website when I hear about them.   However, I have four field days that I believe will be attractive […]

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