Growing Cover Crops with a Cash Crop

Dan Forgey

SARE Outreach

Dan Forgey holding onto something growing on tall crop stalks in a field

Cronin Farm’s innovative no-till system integrates both cover crops and livestock grazing (see Next Step: Adding a Cover Crop to a No Till System). With support from SARE, Forgey has found several cover crop mixes that work well for his situation. In this companion video, Forgey describes his ongoing research with cover crops, this time looking at how they might be grown in sync with a cash crop of corn. A forage soybean variety developed by Dwayne Beck of South Dakota State University showed excellent results, with corn yields of 60-80 bushels per acre without chemical fertilizer.

Download an illustration of the rotations used at Cronin Farms:

Other Dan Forgey Videos

Adding Cover Crops to a No-Till System (14:48)

Growing Cover Crops with a Cash Crop (2:11)

No-Till Farmer: Steward of the Land (5:10) 

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