Cover crops up and growing in Illinois – Voice Of Muscatine

Cover crops up and growing in Illinois

Cover crop usage in the state of Illinois is up.  

The 2022 Census of Agriculture shows Illinois farmers have planted more than 880,000 acres of cover crops.  East central Illinois farmer Dirk Rice, who plants a mix of covers, says it’s been a good season for them…

“Stayed warm through a good chunk of the winter, so we actually got better growth later into the fall, and in the early winter than what we normally have.”  He says, “So, you know, depending on what happens here in the next month, they should have a better head start than they had last year.”

West central Illinois farmer Dan Cole has been utilizing the practice for fifteen years. 

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