We all have heard about cover crops, but how many growers are actually utilizing them in their farming system? Did you know cover crops can reduce soil erosion and compaction, increase soil porosity and aeration as well as earthworm populations, improve soil health and biology, sequester nutrients, and build organic matter?
The benefits are endless and could be yet another key to profitability in 2015 and beyond. Farmers John Dassow, Jerry Glaser, and Mark Doudlah have seen first hand how using cover crops can lead to healthier soils and profits, especially when used with biologicals. The three farm on a variety of different soils ranging from Illinois to Nebraska to Wisconsin.
They all bring with them a long-term dedication to the soil. John Dassow raises corn, soybeans, and wheat, using mostly no-till planting with his father near Chatsworth, Illinois. Jerry Glaser and his wife Cindy farm 750 irrigated organic crop acres and pasture to support 400 cow/calf pairs and organic grass-finished beef near the foot of the Nebraska Sandhills. They manage a rotation program incorporating popcorn, corn, beans, small grains, forages, and alfalfa grass mixes. Mark Doudlah farms over 1400 acres of corn and soybeans near Madison, Wisconsin.
The three will be sharing their cover crop journey from beginners to believers during our seminar “How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy – 10 Practical, Profitable Solutions” from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29 at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, Illinois. For more information, click here or call (815) 872-1190 to reserve a spot by January 21.