cover crops

Become a Cover Crop Champion!

Imagine driving around Iowa in December. You are driving by open corn and soybean fields. Some of them are brown and empty fields, but some are covered in green. However …

Why You Should Use No Till and Cover Crops This Planting Season

It’s that time of year again when farmers’ hearts begin to beat a little faster in anticipation of the spring planting rush. Across rural America, farmers excitedly prepare tractors and planters, finalize …

Are Cover Crops an Underground Climate Change Solution?

Good news! A recent study from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences measured how much carbon can be sequestered by cover crops. Researchers found that – if we all stepped up …

Researchers Recognize Conservation Agriculture’s Benefits

For the first time, a land grant university has recognized the benefits of a conservation practice to productivity and is changing recommended fertilizer rates accordingly.

Romance and “Reality” in Rural America

Myth Busted: Cover Crops and Soil Temperatures

Opportunity is Growing on America’s farms

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

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 …

Meet the Cover Crop Champions

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 …

No Till, Cover Crops and Wildlife: A Lively Combination

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?  …

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