Should you cover up? Mixtures of forages like radishes, rye and red clover are gaining favor.
Dave Robison wants you to put down roots—lots of them. The agronomist and seed marketing manager with the Cisco Companies believes in the benefits of cover crops.
At a recent cover crop field day near Schneider, Ind., farmers gathered to dig deep into the topic. A corn field that was planted to cereal rye, annual ryegrass and cover crop radishes last fall were found to have penetrated deep into the soil this spring.
“Cover crops help reduce erosion, increase earthworm populations, improve soil microbiology and build soil tilth. They produce and scavenge nutrients and are useful for manure management,” says Robison. “Cover crops increase channels for future row crop roots to follow too.”
Winter annual weed control was also improved. Since some of those weeds harbor soybean cyst nematodes, Robinson sees this as an added benefit.
Watch Robison as he heads to the field and digs into the topic of cover crops:
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