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Grazing Cover Crops

Cover crops are allowing them to extend their grazing period, and findings show cover crops to be more economical even during multiple years of drought. 

Costs may have some producers rethinking their feedstuffs. Replacing 20% of corn with rye may be an alternative that producers can use strategically.

Many farmers are looking for ways to enhance their operations through increased efficiency and decreased cost of feed. Grazing annual forages may be the ticket producers need to achieve both these goals.

Michael Thompson and his brother Brian were told there wasn’t a future for them at Thompson Farm & Ranch. However, the avid learner and experimenter knew there had to be a different (and more profitable) way to grow crops and raise cattle.

The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition and soil health experts offer guidance on choosing cover crops for next season. 

The corn in the Caputa, S.D., area had yet to be harvested as the calendar turned to November. Crop watcher Shawn Freeland was setting up paddocks in his winter grazing cover crops, moving cows closer to home and preg checking.

Farmers have positive perceptions about cover crops. There are cost-share programs to incentivize their use. But an Iowa State University stud…

A new decision-making tool can help farmers assess the economics of cover crops. It’s free on Iowa State University’s Ag Decision Maker website.

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AUSTIN, MINN. – Farmers across the state are anxious to get into their fields. For weeks, equipment, tractors, tillage, planters, have been sitting in shops, fully serviced, just waiting for the right moisture, the right temperature for field work to begin. At the Cotter farm in Austin, Minn., it is not the equipment anxiously waiting to get in the fields, it is the cattle.

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