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New articles out on Cover Crops in the Upper Midwest

During the week of March 18-21 I spoke at the Legacy Seeds Cover Crop Meetings to over 150 people in three Wisconsin towns about cover crops.  During each meeting I showed why folks should consider using cover crops (erosion control, nutrient management, compaction reduction, aeration/infiltration, etc…).  I also implored producers to be creative about applying […]

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Cover Crop Stand Evaluation Taken to a New Level

I have learned so much about cover crops since I started this blog in 2010.  One of my hopes has been that I could have guest bloggers that would occasionally share with everyone what their experiences have been.  The following post is from Daryl Starr of Advanced Ag Solutions in Indiana. I really appreciate reading […]

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This field was aerial applied on September 16.  It was approxiamtely 50% yellow leaf. The beans were planted in 7" rows.  The cover crops in this field look very good.

When to apply cover crops into soybeans

For some time I have promoted aerial applying cover crops into standing cash crops.  We have a pretty definitive maturity set for corn when it comes to aerial application. But there is some question of when to fly cover crops into soybeans.  The range of discussion on this topic usually goes from 50% yellow leaf […]

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This photo taken November 22, 2011 shows cover crops flown into corn, a 3.4 maturity soybean (center), aqnd a 3.0 maturity soybean (top).  The same cover crop was flown into all three sections on the same passes of the plane.  The difference...Sunlight getting to the soil.

The Importance of Sunshine in Cover Crop Establishment

In previous posts I have shared about the importance of applying cover crops at the correct time.  I also looked at the difference in how cover crops emerged in corn and soybean fields when aerial applied in the fall of 2011.  In the past several weeks I have traveled over much of Indiana and northwestern […]

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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 aerial applied into soybeans and corn…any difference in emergence time?

Difficulty establishing cover crops is viewed by some farmers as one of the reasons of why NOT to plant cover crops.  Aerial application has been viewed as “guess-work flying” by some producers because of some poor application jobs in previous years. However, since the 2011 crop was planted late because of record setting rain in […]

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Cover Crop Aerial Applicators Training Now Set

After several months of trying to arrange schedules between a number of very busy men we have now set dates and times for training pilots on aerial applying cover crops. Click here for the  CoverCropWebinarFlyer. There are Two Sessions Available: August 29 from 7-8 p.m  (CST) August 30 from 6-7 a.m. (CST) Limit: 25 people/session Cost: $100/login Please […]

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Aerial Application of Cover Crops Training-NAAA Certification

I’m excited to report that there will be a training school in the summer of 2011 for aerial applicators that want to fly on cover crops! The planning for this meeting has been going on for some time with Dave Eby from AgriFlite Services, Inc, myself, and Dennis R. Gardisser, Ph.D, P.E. from WRK of Arkansas, LLC. At […]

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Aerial Application of cover crops — an art or a science…or both?

I have heard that a number of aerial applicators admit that they are guessing approximately how wide they need to fly to apply different cover crops. I have seen evidence that some of them have guessed wrong!  Two or three years ago an applicator guessed wrong by leaving approximately 80’ wide gaps in a number […]

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