Comparison of Cover Crop Establishment Methods

Comparison of Cover Crop Establishment Methods

Comparison of Cover Crop Establishment Methods

Cover crops have recently become more popular. Iowa’s unreliable weather can pose challenges for establishment and effectiveness of these potentially soil and nutrient preserving crops. Aerial application is an option for earlier establishment, but comes with the drawbacks of cost, decreased seed-to-soil contact and less-precise seed placement. 

This research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa presents data about a cover of hairy vetch, tillage radish and rapeseed established in strips by both aerial seeding into standing soybeans and drilling after soybean harvest.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNC09-313, Farmer Field School Approach to Increasing Cover Crop Adoption in Iowa and Minnesota .

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