Do Cover Crops Pay? Net Returns to Corn/Soybean Farmers in Iowa
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Cover crops, which are planted on approximately 700,000 of Iowa's 30 million acres of farmland, have been found to have varying net returns based on several factors-cover crop species, planting technique, termination method, tillage practices, following cash crop, and the farmer's years of experience with cover crops. Farmers that don't use cover crops for grazing livestock or forage tended to consistently derive negative returns. Farmers that used cover crops for grazing livestock or forage and received cost-share payments tended to see positive net returns.
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