Cover Crop Coach's Reading Room

Cover crop roller/crimpers have surged in interest lately.

Both organic and conventional farmers have been trying them out with varied success.

As far as I know, I built the first cover crop roller in the U.S., getting the idea from South America.

After 22 years I have fo...

In my monthly article for the American Agriculturalist, I talk about how “every day counts” is usually associated with spring planting season. Perfect weather seldom occurs. When it’s time to plant, you need to be ready to roll!

Read the full article here.

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I, along with several other "planting green" farmers, spoke at this Penn State Field day recently.

 

This topic is increasingly drawing interest among farmers who want to maximize the benefits of cover crops. But careful management is needed and every year may be differ...

Regenerative Agriculture. Do you like that name applied to the current soil health movement?

I like it because it includes all sectors of agriculture. Soil health and cover crops are regenerative agriculture and is being used from organic to conventional, roof-top gard...

This is quite interesting to me since I've spent many years doing research with cover crop radish. The aerial photo shows clear differences how cover crops can affect nutrient management.

We need to figure out how to leverage that – challenge accepted! I already have so...

It's good to see the Wall Street Journal publish a story like this.

Although the focus is mainly on how tillage disrupts and kills earthworms, cover crops play a vital role as well- especially by providing a longer period of "food" for the earthworms to eat.

Tillage i...

I don't regularly read Mother Earth News but this is a great article on the importance of fostering mycorrhizae in our soils- and cover crops play an important role!

The scientist mentioned, David Douds, did quite a bit of research on my farm and is who introduced the...

Large scale vegetable farms have lagged behind in adapting cover crops into their rotations.

In some cases, cover crop planting windows are obvious but the constraints of dealing with cover crop biomass can be very challenging depending on what veggies are grown.

Rob H...

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Dwayne Beck brings back the cows

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