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cover crop strategies podcast 😊👍 South Dakota Farmer interseeding soybeans https://open.spotify.com/episode/6761o6MDTczKSRPFi6DDyL

Going into the second year of on farm trial using no-till, cover crops and cattle to convert prior pasture into crop acres. To at least maintain soil structure or possibly improve it Year #1 2023 Late spring herbicide pass followed by 2 different cover crop mixes one was a grazing blend and the other was a salty blend leftover in the seeder. Cattle grazed elsewhere until December because weather was so nice before bringing them here to over winter. With a the mild winter we had the amount of supplemental hay needed was lower than expected. Year #2 2024 Just finished seeding oaring into the stubble yesterday. Following harvest I’ll plant a cover to graze again this fall. Considering including something that will overwinter and plant soybeans into the growing cover before spraying it off and then the next year after that plant corn. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Brad Farrell

Garretson, SD 57030, USA

One of my fields was damaged when a fire got out of hand in some neighboring CRP. All of the soybean residue was burned off on a good portion of the acres. Part of the field will be no-till corn. The other part will be no-till alfalfa. Does anyone know of a good soil moisture/temperature sensor that I could get in order to monitor the differences between the burned and non-burned portions of the field? Preferably something that has WiFi/cellular capability, or at least something that can log its data which I could download weekly? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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I have been trying to figure out how well it would work to plant forage peas in 30 inch corn. Thinking it help increase crude protein in the silage. Any suggestions?

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What are reasons people are not trying soil health practices in your area?? Looking for topics that could be presented at summer meetings and conferences.

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Here is a question I received from a producer from North Dakota. Does anyone have any experience with winter grazing pinto beans crop residue? And getting a cover crop established? "Question for you. I’ll need to talk to you about grazing pinto beans after harvest. Anything spoken about getting a cover in there before harvesting. our growing season is short up here."

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Dense clay P Dog town: what Cover Crop species can grow in a Dense Clay soil? We hope to renovate a former P Dog town and win back soil organic matter, soil life and vegetative biomass.

I just listened to Van on the Roots and Ruminants podcast. Great job. I encourage everyone to give it a listen. Like Van, I need to put more effort into our pastures to get the natives to come back. Most of our soil health efforts have been on our crop ground acres, and we’re missing an opportunity there. See you next week in Rapid.

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5 principles of soil health 1. Soil Cover 2. Limit Disturbance 4. Living roots 3. Diversity 5. Integrating Livestock On your farm what order would you place these in order of soil health and would it be the same for ROI?

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cattle grazing volunteer rye and stripper header stubble through ice, haven't fed a bale yet this winter. they do have fresh water, salt and riomax tubs available. they are hitting the salt hard but not the tubs, telling us they are getting enough nutrients from grazing. looking nice and full and good condition heading into the cold snap. we are going to put out some rye hay bales on end for wind protection and bale grazing for this weeks cold snap as a precaution so they have plenty to stay full and warm