NEWS
Blanket Statement
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri May 9, 2014 05:39 PM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- John and Dean Werries jumped on the cover crop bandwagon in 2012 by seeding nearly 3,800 acres to annual ryegrass. That fall the grass soaked up nitrogen left over from the 2012 crop. Their strip-till, corn-after-corn yields answered by averaging 234 bushels per acre.

"We know that wasn't all due to cover crops, but we feel returning that nitrogen to the soil and other aspects of the practice did contribute," said John Werries. Last fall, the father-and-son team from Concord, Ill., seeded another 3,800 acres and learned that not everything about cover cropping is foolproof.

"It ...

Quick View
  • Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy Can you trim inputs while growing soybeans in 2015? Here's a look at what you can and can't cut.
  • Fescue Workaround Fescue can be a challenge, but Butch Foster said he and his dad, Bob, put 200 to 250 pounds on ca...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers pose tax questions on how to justify repairs, handle capital gains on a residence and com...
  • Senior Partners - 1 Think how rural communities could rejuvenate if farmland rents stayed local rather than flowing t...
  • Sample With Precision Dan Davidson looks at how to measure the horsepower of your soil with the Solvita soil respiratio...
  • USDA Defines Actively Engaged Under the 2014 farm bill, family operations are exempted from proposed changes in actively engage...
  • New Paths Max payments forecast in areas of hardest-hit 2014 corn yields.
  • She's Got It All Alicia Mielke is a farm girl originally from Harrington, Wash., who continues to lend a hand to h...
  • Ask the Vet Would a bull with an undescended testicle or one that was a hard pull at birth be worthy of breed...
Related News Stories
Daily Grain Export Demand
Monsanto Fined
Report Implicates Glyphosate
Drift Danger
Enlist Duo Registration
Enlist Duo Comments