Crop & Pest Report

Accessibility


| Share

Cover Crop Exchange (8/03/17)

At one of Dr. Wick’s Soil Health Café Gatherings this past winter, some of the attendees talked over the use of cover crops for livestock and at least in eastern North Dakota during years of excess water, cover crops were helpful in reducing soil water, maintaining soil cover to prevent wind erosion and perhaps serving as fall cattle feed.

Cover Crop Exchange

At one of Dr. Wick’s Soil Health Café Gatherings this past winter, some of the attendees talked over the use of cover crops for livestock and at least in eastern North Dakota during years of excess water, cover crops were helpful in reducing soil water, maintaining soil cover to prevent wind erosion and perhaps serving as fall cattle feed. Some of the producers had no livestock and thus asked if there was a ‘cover crop exchange’, similar to the ‘hay exchange’ that exists in North Dakota. The central/western ND drought prompted me to ask within NDSU if there was a cover crop exchange and at the time, the answer was no; but they would be willing to add cover crop to the exchange if we thought it would be helpful. So with the help of NDSU’s Roger Egeberg, the ‘Cover Crop Exchange’ is now available in the NDSU-Feed list website https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/feedlist .

To participate, farmers that have cover crop and farmers interested in grazing their stock in the cover crop should go to the Feedlist Entry Form, found at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/info/fl_new

This form should be filled out whether cover crop is available or cover crop is wanted. Click on the ‘create entry’ button when the form is complete and the administrators of the website will take care of the rest. When cover crop availability and need meet, the two parties can visit regarding fencing, water availability and anything else relevant to the transaction.

 

Dave Franzen

NDSU Extension Soil Specialist

701-799-2565

 

Abbey Wick

NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.