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How Can I Improve Soil Health in Soybean Fields?

Oct 26, 2012

Question: Many of the farmers here in North Dakota have forgone wheat in their traditional rotations and are going beans on beans for multiple years – what should they consider for soil health, disease preventions, etc. to maintain viable plants and yield. 
 
Answer: I would encourage farmers there to entertain planting a cover crop such as rye.  That will give them some diversity and complement soil health as far as soil structure and aggregate ability. 
 
 
Dave Robison, agronomist and seed marketing manager with the Cisco Companies, believes in the benefits of cover crops. He heads to the field to dig into the topic.
 
If your corn or soybean crops didn’t yield to their potential this year, you still have an opportunity to plant another crop to increase your soil’s health, minimize erosion and even provide additional forage value.

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