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Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy 2012

Cover Crops seem to be a hot topic for 2012.  I was going to give you a link to January Prairie Farmer but it is not posted.  The good news in the article is that NRCS is helping cost share on an annual commitment.

I hope you get a chance to read more.  Dan Towery is one of the best agronomists I know.  He is a big believer especially in Annual Ryegrass.

Using legume cover crops is a great way to protect your soil and get some "free" nitrogen as well.  Keep in mind that in order to maximize nitrogen recovered from legumes, no-till is the way to go.  Tilling adds oxygen to the soil and speeds up nitrification and de-nitrification. 

Grass cover crops my have advantages to your operation.  Here is a link to using  Annual Ryegrass  cover crops.  Tillage radishes are great in No-till situations.  Penn State has some great results with Tillage Radishes.

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