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Planting cover crops on prevented planting fields


cover crops-cereal rye-plantcovercropsFor 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.

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