From the Field

Planting Cover Crops After Adverse Weather Conditions and Flooding

It’s been a tough season. As farmers ourselves, we understand how hard this can be on the agriculture industry as a whole. The adverse weather conditions have made planting and understanding what to do if you’ve missed your crop planting deadlines challenging to say the least.

If you, or growers you know, have missed your corn and soybean planting deadlines, we encourage you to take action and still plant cover crops with GraphEx SA this year. Not only will GraphEx SA for cover crops help capture and increase your nitrogen levels, but it will enhance your organic soil matter – helping farmers get more out of both their soil and next year’s crops.

GraphEx SA for Cover Crops Application

GraphEx SA for Cover Crops is easy-to-use. Simply apply the planter box treatment right at the planter just before planting. You can learn more about how to improve your organic soil health with cover crop applications by clicking here.

Don’t Leave Fields Bare – Farmers Still Have Options

Since fields flooded for more than one week decrease nitrogen fixation and the availability of bacteria, it’s important farmers don’t leave fields bare. On acres not planted, weed pressure will continue to increase and germinate for years to come.

GraphEx SA for cover crops can help farmers protect their soil until 2020 crop planting – providing farmers with a good option for an unfortunate situation, as long as fields are fit to plant.

USDA officials are recognizing the severity and impact the weather has had on farmers, too. To ensure livestock producers have adequate feed supplies, they have implemented a one-year adjustment for farmers who plant cover crops on prevent plant acres – permitting them to hay, graze or chop those fields on Sept. 1, 2019 instead of Nov. 1, 2019. Contact your local FSA office for details.

If you have any other questions about how you can still take action and protect your farmland until the 2020 crop planting season – contact us here.