Everything You Need to Know About Cover Crops
There seems to be a never-ending stream of worries for the American farmer. Can I remain profitable with lower commodity prices? Will I be forced to adopt more rigorous conservation practices? One day will there be a limit on how much nitrogen I can use?
As frustrating as commodity prices and potential government regulations may be, there’s not a lot you can do about them. What you can do is focus on being a good farmer by adopting practices that further your good stewardship of the land.
Using cover crops is the one practice that holds enormous promise for conservation efforts. Some farmers have also been able to reduce nutrient use and boost yields, making cover crops good for soils and the bottom line.
However, cover crops do take extra management. You need to know how to properly use cover crops, so your hard-earned money and limited time are put to good use.
In the links below, you can watch Agriculture.com's 10-part web series on cover crops, which includes advice from farmers and researchers who have used cover crops for years.
- Part 1: The Many Benefits
- Part 2: Cut Back on N
- Part 3: Forage for Livestock
- Part 4: Wildlife Diversity
- Part 5: Happy Landlords
- Part 6: Select Seed
- Part 7: Seeding Methods
- Part 8: Cost
- Part 9: How to Terminate
- Part 10: Just Get Started