Cover Crop “Cocktails”


Photo by NRCS Soil Health
Photo by NRCS Soil Health

Mono-culture cover crops have positive effects on the environment in Iowa and elsewhere.

While only 2 percent of the cropland in the Mississippi River Basin are utilizing cover crops, Gabe Brown, a farmer in North Dakota, expects more farmers will soon realize the positive impact of cover crops.

Brown is practicing the latest trend in cover cropping by mixing species. Instead of using just rye, for example, Brown  also plants a brassica, like radish.

By mixing the crops, creating a cover crop “cocktail”, sustainability can increase.

Brown will be participating in the Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference this Thursday and Friday and Iowa State.

To read more about cover crop “cocktails” click here.

2013 Nutrient Management Standard released in Iowa


Photo by Derek Preston; Flickr

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released the new Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard – the guiding document for implementing nutrient management plans for Iowa farmers.

To learn more, follow the link above, or head over to the National Hog Farmer website.