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More Farmers Deciding Not to Farm “Naked”

May 13, 2011

WOOLSTOCK, Iowa - More Iowa farmers are deciding to plant a winter cover crop so the soil doesn't lie "naked" during the cold months.

Across the state, tractors are rolling as farmers put in crops during this brief planting season. For the first time, many of them are seeding into cover crop residue.

Woolstock-area farmer Todd Neilson says a cover crop makes the soil easier to plant into. He planted winter rye last fall for the first time.

"We're seeing the soil having more tilth to it. It's not as wet and gummy as it was in the past, just a more mellow type of soil. The roots have kept that soil broken up and more tillable."

Besides having more tillable soil during planting, Neilson also expects to reap some benefits as the crop matures.

"I think we are going to see organic matter go up more. Hopefully, we're going to retain some of our nitrogen that can be sequestered and reused. As the plant decays, it will re-release that nitrogen back into the soil."

About 40,000 acres of Iowa farmland were planted with some sort of cover crop last fall. Practical Farmers of Iowa recommends a cover crop to hold soil in place and at the same time improve water quality while still taking advantage of good corn and bean prices.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA