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Washington County Leading the Way in Cover Crops

Posted: Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 6:25 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

While harvest is underway, many landowners are thinking now about cover crops. Oats, rye, and wheat are common cover crops during the winter months in Iowa. Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Iowa Mike Naig says the KCII-listening area is setting an example for other producers, “This part of the state is knocking it out of the park when it comes to cover crop adoption. We’re thrilled about that, and that’s for a lot of reasons, there’s a nice connection with cover crops and livestock production, certainly cow-calf and beef production in particular. But really making sure that we’re doing the right things from a soil health and water quality standpoint. We consider Washington County in particular to be a model for what can be done across the state.”

He adds five or six years ago Iowa had about 10,000 acres of cover crops and last year there were approximately 760,000 acres of cover crops, or the equivalent of covering all of Story and Polk Counties. He said we need to continue to learn about how to best use cover crops across the state.