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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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Cover Crop and Forage Meeting Aug 14, 2013

On August 14, 2013 the University of Wisconsin is holding an Agronomy Field Day at the Marshfield Ag Research Station.   The line-up of speakers looks outstanding and CEU credits are available for Certified Crop Advisers. I will be speaking out at the cover crop plots looking at how we can use cover crops as forages […]

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Cover Crop Field Day July 22-23, 2013

This looks like a Fantastic Field Day in Emporia, Kansas.  Gail Fuller sent me the info and I believe this will be well worth the time and investment to attend if at all possible.  There is a great line-up of speakers! Here is the note from Gail about the event held last year… Last year […]

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From Right to left; Radishes, Oats, Winter Rye, and various mixes.  Are these cover crops valuable?  I believe so because they are through the compaction zone and the rye and many of the mixes will have components that survive the winter.

Cover Crops Planted After Wheat in a Dry Year

Can you still gain value in a cover crop when it is planted after wheat in a dry year? During the week of October 15, 2012 I traveled a wide swath of Wisconsin looking at cover crops.  In the eastern half of the state the cover crops looked very good.  In the western half the […]

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One of the joys of working with farmers is the excitement I see on their faces when they "get it" about soil health.  There were several excited farmers again this spring.

Cover Crop Root Pits Reveal Plenty

During the first week of April I was in several root pits in northwest Indiana and boy did we find plenty of interesting factoids! I was assisted by Eileen Kladivko from Purdue University on one day and Barry Fisher, Indiana NRCS State Agronomist, on another day. What We Found in the Cover Crop Root Pits […]

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Cover Crop Field Day Set at Robison Farms

CISCO Seeds, Robison Farms, and Dougherty Fertilizer are sponsoring a Cover Crop Field Day and Root Dig at the Greenwood, Indiana farm. If you’ve not had an opportunity to see cover crops in a real life farm setting, this will be a great meeting for you . There will be multiple species available to look […]

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Cover Crops underground…I was not disappointed, I was a bit surprised!

The Crimson clover had dense roots and we found a number of them at over 40″ deep. At cover crop field days over the past few weeks many interesting aspects of cover crops were revealed.  One reminder about cover crops; it is NOT what is above ground that is the best indicator of success.  Please […]

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We’re digging root pits!

We are digging root pits to see what happened last fall and over the winter with cover crops. On March 30 we were at Mike Werling’s farm south of Ft. Wayne, IN.  We held two cover crop field days at Mike’s over the summer.  We looked at the fields that had oats, radishes and peas […]

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