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How to Benefit from Cover Cropping? Give it Time!

In a blog post featured by the National Association of Conservation Districts, Datu Research analysts Marie Veyrier and Sarah Mine offer a sneak peek at data from our ongoing 3-year study of the economics of conservation agriculture. Iowa farmer Frank Moore is a long-term adopter of no-till—which he has done successfully with corn and soybeans for more than 20 years. Frank adopted cover cropping in 2013 and didn’t expect the benefits to be immediate. His hunch was reinforced by a fellow farmer who said, “I’ve never seen a guy doing cover crops three years in a row that isn’t still doing it. So give it three years.” More