Keep Your Cover Crops Legal
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:02 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- As harvest draws near, many farmers are experimenting with cover crops, but some may not fully understand the legal and liability issues that come with adding cover crops to a traditional cropping operation.

Cover crops are typically planted in the fall after a summer crop like corn or soybeans. The trouble arises when the herbicides used in the summer crops aren't labeled to be followed by a cover crop.

The majority of corn and soybean herbicide labels categorize the wide variety of cover crop species as "other rotational crops" with plant-back restriction of 18 months. That ...

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