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Iowa farmer having success with wide variety of cover crops

A northwest Iowa crop and livestock producer is getting good results from a mix of cover crops. 

Nathan Anderson grows corn, soybeans, and has a cow/calf operation in Cherokee County.  He says they use various cover crop species to feed livestock and improve soil health.

“Agronomically, they fit the niche that we provide in a corn and soybean system. So species like cereal rye, winter rye, that does well when it’s cold, that can germinate in a variety of conditions, and that can generate a lot of biomass.”

Speaking to Brownfield at the Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference in Des Moines Friday, he said they also seed spring barley, turnips, radish, winter peas, and buckwheat.

“Depending on the goals and strategies that we have and what we’re trying to meet.”

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