For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey—which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)—also details the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops, data on the costs of seed and establishment, and insight into how farmers learn to manage cover crops. Download the full report at the SARE site.
Cover Crop Report Documents Yield Boost, Soil Benefits
This week we planted cool-season cover crops on the Cannon Horticulture Plots: a mixture of grain rye, hairy vetch and Alsike clover. For a wealth of resources on how and why we use cover crops, have a look at our cover crops/crop rotation page.
Videos of several presentations from the January 2016 Southern Soil Health Conference in Ardmore are now available for viewing free online.
“Even in organic no-till,” muses George Kuepper, “you can still get caught.” He’s surveying a small plot of ground that was tilled up for a demonstration for the May 9 plasticulture workshop. Heavy rains forced the workshop into the barn, and also gouged channels through the exposed soil. “The soil hasn’t been lost from the…
This publication outlines thoughts on, and experiences with, using cover crops as beneficial insect habitat in organic farming.
Cover crops protect the soil from erosion, add organic matter, enhance soil microbial activity, attract pollinators and beneficial insects, and reduce weeds.