A conservation agronomist says cover crops have helped some farmers improve profitability. Ryan Johnson with the Iowa Soybean Association says cover crops can offset higher costs by reducing inputs and increasing cash crop yield. “Interest rates are going up and that really has an effect,”... Read More.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures and rainfall across most of the country. Cooler-than-normal conditions will be confined to New York and New England. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal weather should be limited to parts of the... Read More.
Food and farmworkers are urging Congress to improve worker safety through the next farm bill. Food Chain Workers Alliance co-director Suzanne Adely points to the Protect America’s Meat Processing Workers Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate, as a way to increase employee safety. “Our worker... Read More.
Dairy researchers are exploring how cover crops could help with feed costs and soil health. Dr. Phil Cardoso with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield 45-50% of the cost of production on dairy farms comes from feed, but utilizing cover crops like rye... Read More.
A Michigan farmer has spent 15 years keying in cover crop mixes for the commodities he grows. Jeff Schluckbier farms 7,500 acres of corn, dry beans, sugarbeets, and wheat across Tuscola and Sanilac Counties with his cousins. “We can get on it quicker in the... Read More.
The CEO of an ag bioscience company is hopeful the COVER Act will be included in the next farm bill. Dr. Oliver Peoples with Yield10 Bioscience tells Brownfield the legislation incentivizes the adoption of cover crops. “Just for the environmental benefits of them, reducing nutrient... Read More.
Michigan agriculture and environmental groups have received $900,000 to support cover crop adoption across the state through the Farmers for Soil Health partnership. The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan Soybean Committee, Michigan Pork Producers Association, Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Michigan... Read More.