Recent years have seen growing interest among strip-tillers in experimenting with and incorporating different mixes and seeding methods of cover crops to achieve desired results.
Adoption had been on a steady incline, with several varieties gaining in popularity, according to Strip-Till Farmer benchmark study results. A sneak peek at preliminary data from the 2019 benchmark survey show more than 63% of respondents planted cover crops in fields that were strip-tilled.
Look for more detailed coverage of past and upcoming benchmark study data at StripTillFarmer.com, but there is also recent data released on broader cover crop adoption in the Census of Agriculture’s 2017 report.
The acreage seeded to cover crops in the U.S. increased nearly 50% in the past 5 years.
No-Till Farmer senior editor John Dobberstein chatted with Rob Myers, regional director of extension programs for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), to talk about why this increased interest is significant to agriculture — in both semi-arid regions and areas where precipitation is plentiful.
In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Rob also outlines some important changes to crop insurance regulations ushered in with the new Farm Bill, and shares his projections on where the U.S. could land with total cover crop acres by 2029.
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