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Romance and “Reality” in Rural America

9/24/2014 // By Trisha White

Did you hear? Chris Soules, the heartthrob fan-favorite farmer from last season’s The Bachelorette will be next season’s Bachelor. Chris stole the hearts of the viewing audience with his family-first, country charm and a romantic hometown date complete with horseback ride […] Read more >

Soybeans enjoying warmer soils thanks to no till and cover crops.

Myth Busted: Cover Crops and Soil Temperatures

9/4/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

We’ve all probably heard the old fact that cover crops result in colder, wetter soils. It seems this myth has been around amazingly longer than cover crops themselves. It is likely an extension of another long-held “truism” that no till […] Read more >

Opportunity is Growing on America’s farms

8/12/2014 // By Trisha White

I live in a big city now, but I grew up in a small town. Farms and rolling fields, pastures and paddocks, corn and combines. Those were the good ol’ days, but so much has changed since I left – […] Read more >

Radish cover crop growing in winter wheat residue (Sept. 2013) provided lasting wildlife benefits.

Evidence Builds: No Till and Cover Crops Make Working Lands More Wildlife-Friendly

5/20/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

In late April, when the snow finally receded (I didn’t think spring would ever get here), I decided to take a walk through my field that was winter wheat last year.  As you may recall from a previous post, last […] Read more >

Photo Courtesy of Kent Solberg

Meet the Cover Crop Champions

5/16/2014 // By Lara Bryant

Last year NWF began a new program for cover crop expert farmers and agricultural professionals, called the “Cover Crop Champions.” The champions receive small grants to pay the cost of their travel, time, and various expenses to share their expertise […] Read more >

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No Till, Cover Crops and Wildlife: A Lively Combination

11/5/2013 // By Ryan Stockwell

After harvest of winter wheat earlier this year, an interesting thing happened: my field, with the wheat residue remaining and cover crops growing, became migratory waterfowl Mecca. Why was this?  Well, simply put, a number of management decisions related to […] Read more >

Cover crops make bees happy. Photo: flick user steveburt1947

What do Cover Crops have to do with Wildlife?

10/3/2013 // By Lara Bryant

National Wildlife Federation has been working hard for the past few years to overcome barriers and support champions of cover crop adoption. In fact, we just released two new reports on cover crops: Counting Cover Crops and Clean Water Grows. […] Read more >

Soil Health, Risk Management, and Wildlife: Observed Benefits of Cover Crops and No Till

6/13/2013 // By Ryan Stockwell

Spring has finally sprung in central Wisconsin.  After a Mother’s Day dusting of snow temps have finally climbed to the seasonal average, but precipitation continues to inundate fields with moisture.  Planting is delayed across the region for corn and bean […] Read more >

Lest we forget floods, another potential result from changing weather patterns due to climate change.  Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

Drought, Fire and Freeze: Lawmakers Consider Impacts of Extreme Weather on Agriculture

2/15/2013 // By Lara Bryant

The votes are in and the winner for Most Arresting Title for a Senate Committee Hearing goes to the Agriculture Committee for yesterday’s hearing, “Drought, Fire and Freeze: The Economics of Disasters for America’s Agricultural Producers.” But seriously folks, I […] Read more >

Winter Wheat, October 2012.

Three Things I’ve Learned from Converting to No Till and Cover Crops

11/1/2012 // By Ryan Stockwell

As I wrap up year number two of converting my farmland to no till and cover crops, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect. No better time than while on the tractor planting winter wheat to think […] Read more >

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