Some farmers are considering corn or soybeans as cover crops thanks to a practice recently approved by the Extension Field Crop and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This approval was welcome news as corn and soybeans work well as cover crops since they canopy quickly, reduce erosion and scavenge nutrients.
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As if farmers in the Midwest didn’t have enough to contend with, now there is news that warm season cover crop seeds may be tough to come by. Cover crop seed companies say they secured their inventories earlier than usual but that some varieties could run out because of record high demand.
What to Do with Grain Impacted by Floods? The agricultural losses in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin due to flooding are in the billions of dollars. Farmers in those states now have to figure out what to do with stored crop that fell victim to this historic flooding.
For the first time in years, fertilizer costs for corn are on the rise. Economists say that fertilizer costs for corn could increase $15 per acre next year while fertilizer costs for soybeans could increase by about $5 per acre.