Cover Crop Coach's Reading Room

I've been to Washington D.C. twice with the Cover Crop Working Group meeting with several folks within the USDA about tying in reduced crop insurance rate for farmers who use cover crops.

"Iowa is launching a first-in-the-country “good farmer discount” for cover crops...

Cover Crop Innovator members Derek and Tannis Axten of Axten Farms in Minton, Sask. were recently named one of the National winners for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer for 2017 awarded on Dec. 1.

What's so special about this is they represent a new breed of farme...

We are finally seeing a crack in the dominate dual cropping system of corn and beans in Iowa.

Enter, small grains! Hard to believe but the benefits of adding another crop, that is out of seasonal sequence of the standbys, is gathering attention as a game changer throug...

Our very own Cover Crop Innovator member Cody Nelson being interviewed on the radio yesterday.

"On today’s show, Mark visits with Cody Nelson of Prairie Creek Seeds. They discuss how cover crops help with the growing of cash crops and also provide extra grazing forage,...

The question of how herbicides may affect cover crops comes up often.

Dr. Bill Curran, Professor of Weed Science, Penn State University, has been on top of this issue for the past number of years. He's a rare weed scientist who strongly supports cover crops!

I've seen h...

I've found this survey to be very insightful into the latest cover crop trends.

It's encouraging to see forward movement and interesting to also see some shifts in how cover crops are used.

For all the details, download the 46 page file that is linked from this press r...

This article, which came out in August 2017, isn't directly related to cover crops. However, none of this would have been possible without the 35 years of cover cropping my fields. 

We've been supplying Whole Foods with pumpkins/squash and occasionally heirloom tomatoes...

Have you heard of CRISPR?

This article from 2016 claims it's the rising star in technology associated with plant and animal breeding. It doesn't seem to have the baggage usually linked with GMO's so we might have a beneficial scientific process to develop desired aspec...

This is one of the better articles on mycorrhizal fungi and does a stellar job of explaining its function.

I believe this may be the most untapped resource right under our feet!

I just did a webinar on this topic not too long ago and it drew a lot of interest.

You'll n...

It's a milestone in my book that the National Geographic does an article that highlights the use of interseeding cover crops.

I think it goes to show the appeal of the cover crop "story" that resonates with the general public. Also, another cover crop success story fro...

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Dwayne Beck brings back the cows

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