Conservation en Cover crop survey reflects enthusiasm for the soil-saving practice and boosts corn and soybean yields <div class="node-body gallery-body">Crimson clover was the most widely planted legume cover crop. Find out what other cover crops, farmers are using in the gallery.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation cover crops Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:06:00 +0000 105551 at Soybean producers: Don't be shy, tell your conservation story! <div class="field-byline"> Source: American Soybean Association </div> <div class="field-deck"> Soybean producers can win a trip to Commodity Classic in March </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Soybean producers can tell the story of their farm and their conservation efforts by applying for the Conservation Legacy Award.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:39:00 +0000 105421 at How will you seed cover crops this year? <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>If you&#39;re planning to seed cover crops this year, now is the time to prep for that. We&#39;d like to know if you&nbsp;will be planting cover crops this year, and if you are, how are you seeding them? Will you interseed? Will you drill after harvest? Take our latest poll and let us know! Also, feel free to leave a comment with your cover crop plan, along with your county/state.</p> </div><form action="/poll/07082016" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-radios"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4071-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4071"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-4071" name="choice" value="4071" class="form-radio" /> Yes, I will plant cover crops, and I'll interseed them during the growing season.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4081-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4081"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-4081" name="choice" value="4081" class="form-radio" /> Yes, I will plant cover crops, but not until after harvest this fall.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4091-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4091"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-4091" name="choice" value="4091" class="form-radio" /> Yes, I will plant cover crops, using a combination of interseeding and post-harvest planting.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4101-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4101"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-4101" name="choice" value="4101" class="form-radio" /> I will NOT plant cover crops in 2016.</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="105091" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-DI7Hl4bUtko9fQiLmd_jzdlpyT6_QYniUAwz526f8eM" value="form-DI7Hl4bUtko9fQiLmd_jzdlpyT6_QYniUAwz526f8eM" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> <div class="field-redirect-on-submit"> <span>Go to result page on submit:&nbsp;</span> 0 </div> Conservation Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:33:29 +0000 105091 at What are the costs, benefits of planting cover crops? <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The costs associated with a cover crop will depend on many factors including the previous crop, next crop, tillage system, pesticide practices, cover crop species planted and cover crop planting method. Regardless of the specific production choices, most of the costs associated with the cover crop will be in its establishment, which includes planting and seed costs.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Fertilizer cover crops Fri, 08 Jul 2016 17:33:00 +0000 105051 at Photo: USDA ARS 5 Ag stories: Stored grain, corn tissue testing and cover crops for weed control <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 Ag stories to read this week, get tips for keeping stored corn and soybeans cool over the summer and read about tissue testing corn for phosphorus and potassium. Learn about using cover crops to control glyphosate-resistant weeds and about how much nitrogen is left in the field after recent extended rains. Finally, enjoy a book to help kids learn about planting and seed technology.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn Bins Sat, 11 Jun 2016 03:49:00 +0000 104671 at 2016 CRP was most selective in history <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Nationwide, there were more than 26,000 offers to enroll over 1.8 million acres under the General CRP enrollment period earlier this year. Only 411,000 acres, or 23 percent of the total, were accepted under the General CRP enrollment, making this the most “selective” enrollment period in the 30-year history of the CRP. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Farm Service Agency (FSA) Focus on Ag Tue, 10 May 2016 19:26:00 +0000 104171 at Save the whales…I mean nutrients <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I haven’t lost my marbles and started cruising the high seas on a Greenpeace ship. However, I did accept an invitation to meet with an environmental group during Commodity Classic.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Fertilizer Think Different Think Different Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:13:00 +0000 104051 at Q+A: Herbicide use with cover crops <div class="field-byline"> By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator – Crops, Jeff Gunsolus, Extension Agronomist – Weed Science, and Jill Sackett-Eberhart, Extension Educator - Ag Production Systems, University of Minnesota Extension </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Paying careful attention to herbicide labels, cover crop selection, research results, and the timing of herbicide application and seeding can help increase your odds of successful incorporation of cover crops into a corn and soybean system. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Crop Chemicals cover crops Herbicides Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:42:00 +0000 103961 at Photo: USDA ARS Don't terminate cover crops just yet <div class="field-byline"> Source: Purdue University </div> <div class="field-deck"> Extension experts recommend farmers be patient and wait for warmer weather. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farmers who haven't yet terminated their cover crops should now wait for warmer weather before applying herbicide, says Bill Johnson, a Purdue Extension weed scientist.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation cover crops Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:30:00 +0000 103761 at Blend field profit with environment <div class="field-deck"> Partnerships seek to boost field profitability with improved water quality and wildlife habitat. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When David Carter had an opportunity to use new software that addresses the dollars and cents implications of soil conservation practices on his farm near Randolph, Iowa, he jumped at the chance. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Software Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:28:00 +0000 103751 at <p>Snow along the tree line on Carter&rsquo;s hill farm is roughly the width of the new 20-foot wide filter strips that Carter plans to seed this spring. In total, filter strips on the upper and lower edge of the tree line will be a little over a half mile long.&nbsp;</p> Photo: David Carter