Managing for Profit
Planting cover crops on prevented planting fields
For the second time in three years untimely heavy rains and flooding caused many Iowa farmers—as well as farmers in other Midwestern states—to either lose a crop or prevent them from planting a crop altogether.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging those farmers to explore the benefits of planting a cover crop on those prevented planting fields. We discussed it with Barb Stewart, state agronomist for NRCS in Iowa.
AUDIO: Barb Stewart
Note: Stewart advises producers to check with their crop insurance agent on prevented planting requirements and harvest restrictions for cover crops.