Advocating for the Soil - 4
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Sep 20, 2012 08:26 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Many questions arise over USDA's campaign starting next month to promote soil health through greater use of no-till and cover crops. While cover crops have their champions, cover crops simply aren't widely used because farmers see headaches in managing them.

One stumbling block is the difficulty in killing a cover crop ahead of planting during a wet spring. Ohio farmers faced that problem in 2011. To avoid crop insurance coverage problems, the Risk Management Agency had to grant producer waivers.

This year, to provide livestock feed, a USDA waiver allowed farmers to hay or graze cover crops ...

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