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Cover Crop Considerations

August 21, 2013
By: Ellie Murphy, Farm Journal Media Intern
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 With erosion comes a loss of soil fertility and alteration in pH. For these reasons, and many others, cover crops should be considered as a solution. Farm Journal’s Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie gives examples of which crops can be used in a variety of situations.

For windy and dry areas, Ferrie suggests an anchoring crop such as rye. Rye will hold soil and moisture during wind and rain. Wheat, oats, and barley can also be considered in this situation.

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Deep rooted crops should be used to manage and maintain uniform soil density. These include beets, radishes, and deep-rooted ryes. A rye-radish mix can be used to suck up nutrients and hold them for the next year’s crop.

Ferrie talks more about these cover crops and others in Episode 10 of Corn College TV Season 3. Watch the episode below and comment to share some of your own in-field advice.

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