Cover Crops Work - American Seed Trade Vice Chairman Points to Data Driven ResultsMon, 21 Nov 2016 18:07:26 CST
The use of cover crops and innovative plant breeding continues to gain popularity among farmers across the US. Radio Oklahoma Network’s Associate Farm Director Carson Horn had the opportunity to speak with American Seed Trade 1st Vice Chairman Tracy Talley, whom represented the group at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention recently, about the conservationist practices his group advocates.
According to recent studies, Talley reports that on average those employing cover crops in their operations will have 339 acres per farm in cover crops.
“We are seeing through the studies a huge improvement in soil health and that’s really what we’re trying to go for,” Talley said.
Talley notes that 66 percent of farmers who utilize cover crops, have reported improved production as well.
“They’re seeing better health in their crops after a cover crop planting,” Talley said. “They’re seeing that their current cash crop is weathering the weather better and is more consistent in their yields.”
For farmers looking to make the transition to using cover crops, Talley suggests working with a local, reputable seed distributor to help make the right decisions for what to grow in your region. In addition to this, Talley says the latest innovations in plant breeding will soon be available to farmers as well.
“We’re seeing a huge amount of technology that’s about to be coming on to the market that can be used in selecting different seeds,” Talley said, “to help maintain the quality of seed and level production to the farmers.”
Listen to Tracy Talley of American Seed Trade and RON’s Carson Horn discuss the benefits of cover crops and innovative plant breeding, by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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