URBANA, Ill. — Cover crops are widely seen as one of the most promising conservation practices, improving soil health while also removing carbon from the atmosphere. But while the number of Midwestern farmers planting cover crops has increased markedly in recent years, 2017 USDA Census data show only about 5% have adopted the conservation practice.
OPINION The recent hearing titled “Implications of Electric Vehicle Investments for Agriculture and Rural America” was incredibly important and showcased how electric-vehicle investments will impact rural America and agriculture as a whole.
Ten food and agricultural technology trends in 2022 are reported by S2G Ventures in a new publication. The venture-fund company predicts that changing consumer preferences, climate change, and shifts in the capital market are driving a transition to a climate-smart, healthy food system.
Farmers have opportunities to achieve greater nutrient-use efficiency and reduce nutrient losses when following the “4R Nutrient Stewardship” principles – applying the right fertilizer source at the right rate at the right time and in the right place. The principles use various best-management practices to optimize fertilizer-use efficiency. Among the practices are manure incorporation and cover crops.
In this 2018 file photo, Harvest Ridge Organics harvests wheat on a field near Reservoir A in Lewiston. The agricultural industry in the Lewiston area is now primarily dry-land farming, growing crops like wheat and rapeseed.
“There was a lack of Idaho-specific information (on climate change), so if you don’t know the impact and opportunity, then you can’t plan for the future, and it’s hard to keep the economy strong.”