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Prevent Plant Acres (08/13/15)

There are some growers that are seeding cover crops into prevent plant acres, while others I think enjoy seeing their topsoil blow away during the winter and spring.

Prevent Plant Acres

There are some growers that are seeding cover crops into prevent plant acres, while others I think enjoy seeing their topsoil blow away during the winter and spring. It makes me think that the latter farmers might be AAA farmers (April/August/Arizona) or they just like the extra attention and conversation from the neighbors after billows of soil are removed from their fields. Be aware that prevent plant acres can only consecutively go into that program three consecutive years. Bare prevent plant acres are often prevent plant acres the following year. Put a cover crop of some kind in to increase the chance of being able to plant it in 2016 and to prevent soil blowing away the next 10 months. Remember that a ‘Steward’ is someone given something in trust with the understanding that it will be returned in the same or better condition than it was received. ‘Steward of the Soil’ is a designation not given to a person who lets their soil blow away.

Dave Franzen

NDSU Extension Soil Specialist


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