Study Shows Ag Retailers Face Cover Crop Challenges

carrie muehling

A new study shows growing demand for cover crops, but agricultural retailers continue to face challenges when it comes to expanding that market. The study, conducted by Datu Research, LLC, found 89 percent of ag retailers have offered cover crops and services in the past two years to farmers who use them to anchor the soil between growing seasons. The …

AgWired Precision, ARA, Cover Crops

Cold Tolerant Berseem Clover Provides Frost Seeding Option

cindy zimmerman

As cold as it has already been this winter in so many areas, Frosty Berseem Clover might be just the ticket for farmers and ranchers implementing frost seeding into their hay and pasture systems. Grassland Oregon was recently awarded a patent for Frosty Berseem Clover, making it the first cold tolerant berseem clover suitable for frost seeding in the United …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, ASTA, Cover Crops, Hay

ASTA Spotlights Seed at NAFB

cindy zimmerman

ASTA team at NAFB – Chair Tracy Tally, past chair Risa DeMasi, staff Bethany Shively and Andy LaVigne The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is excited about the role of seed in soil conservation and new plant breeding technology that could revolutionize the industry. Those were two of the topics ASTA officers addressed at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting …

AgWired Precision, ASTA, Audio, Cover Crops, NAFB, seed

ASTA Support for Cover Crops

cindy zimmerman

The latest Cover Crop Survey released earlier this month will be highlighted at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Farm & Lawn Seed Conference, coming up November 5-6 in Kansas City. Since 2014, ASTA and its members have helped support this important survey conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with funding from USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education …

AgWired Precision, ASTA, Audio, Cover Crops, seed

New Seed Mixture Offers Pollinator Benefits

Kelly Marshall

Native bees contribute more than $9 billion to the U.S. economy by pollinating crops while managed hives contribute over $15 billion, so their decline has resulted in a major concern for the agriculture industry.  Grassland Oregon is working to solve that problem with their new Pasture for Pollinators forage seed mixture.  The seed is not only pollinator friendly, proceeds from sales will …

Audio, Bees, Cover Crops, pollinators

Grassland Oregon Introduces Cold-Tolerant Clover

Kelly Marshall

Grassland Oregon, Inc. will now be supplying three distributors with the world’s most cold-tolerant commercial clovers. FIXatioN Balansa and FROSTY Berseem clover will be available in Canada from TerraSeCo in Vancouver, BC; Performance Seed in Lethbridge, Alberta; and Speare Seeds in Harrison, Ontario. Both of the products have been through rigorous commercial testing and have survived winter conditions as cold …

Cover Crops

FMC Promotes Cover Crops at #NFMS17

Kelly Marshall

Growers will do about anything to control resistant palmer amaranth in the MidSouth region where Matt Wiggins works as a tech service manager for FMC. And while cover crops have been traditionally considered a method of erosion control, FMC has done a lot of work on understanding how they prevent weeds as well. They’re effective because they create a layer …

Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Crop Protection, FMC, National Farm Machinery Show

Everyone Wins with Pastures For Pollinators

Lizzy Schultz

A new clover seed mixture developed by Grassland Oregon (GO) is a win-win for livestock producers and the environment. Pastures for Pollinators is a seed blend including a variety of flowering annual clovers that could help enhance pollinator habitat nationwide, according to GO co-founder Risa DeMasi. “There are 400 million acres of pasture ground in the U.S., and it happens …

Audio, Conservation, Cover Crops, environment, Honeybees, NAFB, pollinators

Tillage System to Cut Cover Crop Costs

Kelly Marshall

Kelly Engineering in South Australia has developed a tillage system to cut costs and boost productivity for cover crops.  The patented diamond-shaped tiller and air seeder allow the entire sowing process to be completed in a single pass.  Testing has begun in the United States and the product is expected to be available in 2017. Timing is good for U.S. …

Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Equipment

New Cover Crop Report Released

Kelly Marshall

A new report from 2,020 farmers nationwide shows growers find a boost in corn and soybean yields when they use cover crops.  This is the fourth survey conducted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with help from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and Purdue University.  Multi-year data highlights the …

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