With the diversity of a 300-acre grain operation and a 9,500 wean-to-finish hog barn, I have had the opportunity to implement several best management practices over the years. For my grain operation, I have been no-till for a number of years and I have also seeded cover crops for six years now, including rye grass and cereal rye.
As part of my livestock nutrient management plan, I apply manure on over 250 acres of my farmland, I use over five acres of buffers and waterways; and I am currently participating in a field trial to demonstrate the effect of Instinct II (nitrification inhibitor) on the form of N found in the soil following a manure application. N-WATCH sampling will also be pulled at these sampling sites for side-by-side comparisons.
Why Cover Crops?
Cover crops can reduce soil compaction, help reduce soil erosion and eliminate field run off.