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8. Cover Crop Realists - Marc Bercier & Matt Taylor

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Local producers are adapting strategies to benefit from cover crops in our region and on their farms. Marc Bercier, Warren Schneckenburger, Mike Schouten & Matt Taylor

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8. Cover Crop Realists - Marc Bercier & Matt Taylor

  1. 1. February 12th Conference, Cover Crop Realist Marc Bercier and Matt Taylor
  2. 2. Cereals – King of Cover Crops • Valuable rotation • Immediate Benefits • Markets • Long Term advantages
  3. 3. Farm Experience • 16 trial of different cover crop mix. • Evaluate the pollinator insects. • Left in the field for the winter to evaluate the spring, which cover crop did not survive the winter and which one did. • Mix costs, the lower 32$/acre to 60$/acre.
  4. 4. Challenges & Considerations • Markets • Storage • Treat Cereals like your other main crops Corn & Beans • Transport
  5. 5. Management Experience • Harvesting early. • Field management. • Drainage • Maneuverability.
  6. 6. Building Oppurtunity •Fall seeding • Fall Rye • Winter wheat • Oats,radish,crimson clover (for total winterkill) •Spring seeding • Milling Wheat Red & White • Oats Covered & Hulless • Barley – Malt and Feed • Pea Oat mixtures • Summer seeded Buckwheat
  7. 7. Fournier- Innovation day.
  8. 8. Management • Seeding considerations • Fertilizer program • Fungicide Program • Timing of applications • Harvest • Be aware of herbicides, tropotox. +- 30$/acre.
  9. 9. Conclusion • Find three mix to build a volume sale to reduce price. • Build a program with AgriCorp or growing forward to have money for cover crops. ( 25-50$/acre). • Find the opportunity for the farm to have cover crop.
  10. 10. Thank You

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