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National Farmer Survey Documents a Wide Range of Cover Crop Benefits as Acreage Continues to Expand

August 19, 2020 – USDA SARE – Despite the crippling rainfall that significantly delayed planting across much of the country in 2019, more than 90% of farmers participating in a national cover crop survey reported that cover crops allowed them to plant earlier or at the same time as non-cover-cropped fields. Among those who had “planted green,” seeding cash crops into growing cover crops, 54% said the practice helped them plant earlier than on other fields.

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