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 …

Ag Group, Cover Crops

Land Stewardship Launches Cover Cropping Calculator

Joanna Schroeder

Research is showing that cover crops such as perennial grasses can improve soil health, reduce run-off and potentially offer growers additional revenue opportunities all while improving the ag operation’s sustainability. But how can a grower better assess what the financial bottom line actually is should cover crops be implemented? This question now has an easier answer thanks to the Land …

Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Soil, water, Water Quality

Cover Crops Council Hires Program Manager

Joanna Schroeder

Anna Morrow, a Purdue Extension educator, has joined the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) as program manager. In her new role, that began on July 1, 2016 as as staff member in Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy, Morrow will assist MCCC in meeting its goals of facilitating widespread adoption of cover crops across the Midwest for purposes of soil health, …

agronomy, Conservation, Cover Crops, Soil, water

Summer Field Days Focus on Soil Health

Joanna Schroeder

With summer in full swing, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) has kicked off its field days with a focus on how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can create long-term environmental and economic benefits. The field days began in June and will continue through September with a focus on the Midwest, specifically Iowa and Illinois. …

Agribusiness, Conservation, Cover Crops, erosion, Nutrient Management, Soil Health Partnership, Tillage

Buffer Crops Good Soil Runoff Strategy

Joanna Schroeder

University of Missouri researchers, focused on reducing soil and nutrient loss and runoff from agricultural fields, have found that using buffers between crops and trees both reduces soil runoff and maintains good growing conditions. Runoff, when fertilizer and pesticides are washed downstream, has been in the news lately as linked to “dead” areas in the Gulf of Mexico where high …

Corn, Cover Crops, Research, Soil, Soybeans, sustainability