Tag Archives: cover crops

Improving No-Till

It is generally accepted by growers and researchers that nutrient losses can be more pronounced in no-till production systems due to increased soil microbial activity, soil temperature and other factors. Plant uptake of nutrients can be especially challenged due to increased post-application losses of phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) fertilizers. These losses can be offset

Survey: Corn, Soybean Yields Improve Following Cover Crops

During the 2012 drought, corn and soybean yields improved following cover crops, according to a recently released report with detailed results from a farmer survey on cover crops. The survey was carried out in partnership between the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), Indianapolis, and the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

NRCS: Cover Crops Can Be Terminated Up To Emergence

Over the past year there has been some disagreement among USDA agencies concerning cover crops. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) have been sending farmers mixed messages about the value of cover crops. In some states (not Pennsylvania) RMA would not permit crops following cover crops to be insured

Central Illinois Farms Featured In National Conservation Tour

Several farmers and other agriculture professionals in Livingston County, IL, will soon be in the national spotlight. The Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) 2013 Conservation in Action Tour will take place July 9-10 at several sites around the county. This year’s tour brings together agriculture leaders, such as farmers, crop advisers, regulators and lawmakers, from