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Cover Crops Through the Winter

02/05/2011 @ 8:24am

Are cover crops valuable if they don't make it through the winter? Dave Robison, a cover crop and forage agronomist, says, "As I take phone calls and conduct meetings I ask producers if they want to have the cover crop they are choosing to overwinter or die during the winter.  I'd guess that the answer as split 50/50. The biggest reason for wanting the cover crop to die is that producers don't want to have "to mess" with killing a crop in the spring of the year.  Other advantages that folks mention is that they believe that the soil will be warmer if there is not a living cover in the field"

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