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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 ( 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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Looking at cover crop plot in Southern Illinois

Cover Crop Meetings Scheduled February-March 2013

There are Cover Crop meetings and conferences going on across the country like never before.  Here is a list of those I am aware of that are coming up in February and March 2013.  Please look below in the comments section for several more meetings. February 19         Cover Crops: How Your Soils Benefit TH Agri-Chemical, Kimberly, […]

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“So God Made a Farmer”

I’m sure you have already seen the Super Bowl commercial from Dodge Ram trucks. But just in case you haven’t, I have posted the video here for your enjoyment!  By the way, it is okay to be PROUD and even tear-up if you want to.  I am proud and I did cry a bit too.

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Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting Set

Registration information and a tentative schedule have been released for the upcoming Midwest Cover Crops Council meeting, February 28-March 1, 2013, in London, Ontario. The first day of the meeting, titled “Making Sen$e with Cover Crops,” is targeted toward producers interested in learning more about how to successfully incorporate cover crops into their rotation, and […]

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Midwest Cover Crop Council Award at 2013 National No-till Conference

Midwest Cover Crops Council Awarded at National No-till Conference

Below is an exciting announcement from Dr. Eileen Kladivko (Purdue) from the Midwest Cover Crops Council: Fellow MCCC members, The National No-Till Conference, held this past week in Indianapolis, awarded the MCCC with the No-Till Innovator Award for the Organization category!  Accepting the award on behalf of the MCCC and the Executive Committee, were Dale […]

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Cover Crop Survey

Here is a survey link for U.S. farmers who have grown cover crops in recent years.  This is a survey sponsored by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and being carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).  This survey about cover crops is brief and can be completed online in […]

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January 2013 Cover Crop Meetings to Attend

Listed below are what promise to be outstanding cover crop meetings in January 2013.  Please make an effort to attend some of these if you can: January 3-4 – Central Ontario Agricultural Conference in Barrie, Ontario. I will be speaking at this meeting on “Using Cover Crops for Feed.” January 9-12  – National No-Till Conference in Indianapolis, […]

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