Cover crop researchers say most people who start using the cropping method do it for or long term improvements to soil or erosion control, but an immediate boost in production may also be a compelling factor.
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It may seem obvious that hybrid selection is very important to top corn yields but a cropping specialist from Illinois says farmers sometimes don’t pay enough attention to it.
First-year results from a strip till program designed to protect the environment have been so successful some of the participants are predicting it will solve some future concerns about phosphorus and other nutrients getting into lakes.
The search for bin-busting wheat hasn’t gone away even as some farmers are unhappy with the economics of growing the crop.
Although crop scientists and soil fertility experts don’t have full numbers they believe there is an upsurge in the number of Ontario farmers turning to cover crops to protect against erosion and to build soil health.
Farmers may think they have been granted a right to farm by public opinion and support, but a Lethbridge Alberta farmer and commenter says that shouldn’t be taken for granted and must be renewed on a regular basis.
Farmers preparing for expected strict rules limiting phosphate runoff can start with the surface of their soil.
An independent crop adviser from Pennsylvania believes the day of harvest is the best time to plant cover crops.
The story in the corn market in the coming year is one of huge supply and huge demand, according to agricultural economist and Dresden area farmer Philip Shaw.
The long warm fall means good things for Ontario agriculture, if there is cold weather to follow.