After the worst start to a cropping season in decades, mid-season lack of rain in parts of Illinois, and season-long low crop ratings, it’s time to take a look at what comes next as 2019 moves into its final stages.

KINGSVILLE, Mo. — Cattlemen from across Johnson County gathered on March 13 at the Kingsville Livestock Auction to learn about the security a new-to-Missouri traceability program can provide their operations.

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Interest in cover crops has increased in recent times. The discussion has occurred even more in the 2019 growing season due to widespread row crop prevent acres.

However, for growers who practice strict corn-soybean rotation, the cover crop selection options are severely limited. Because of extremely low temperatures, cover crop species do not establish, or in some cases even survive, following row crop harvest.