As part of an international movement toward agricultural sustainability, cover crops are considered key to managing soil quality, erosion, water, weeds, pests, diseases, pollinators, and wildlife. Our goal became to create a ‘toolbox’ of warm and cool season cover crops and mixes to help farmers – in all regions and production systems – protect and enhance their soil between cash crop plantings.
The Bio Till Cover Crops brand was created in 2009 to encompass the cover crop products that were of particular interest to the no-till, strip-till, and conservation-minded communities. While strategic use of cover crops adds organic matter to the soil and reduces the need for tillage, studies have shown dramatic increases in active and total soil organic matter under continuous no-tillage systems. Over the years, we have continually added high-performing new products including Bounty Annual Ryegrass, Enricher Radish, Newbie Sugar Beets, Shield Broadleaf Mustard, Bayou Kale, African Forage Cabbage and Mihi Persian Clover throughout the Midwest and the rest of the world.
Bio Till Cover Crops have consistently been at the forefront of the cover crop market, and our ‘family’ of professional sales staff and superior product lines remain committed to helping our customers achieve higher returns through more productive soils.
Bio Till Cover Crops are dedicated to the expansion of the cover crop market by offering a superior, proven product matched with agronomic support from our outstanding team at a fair and competitive price point.
COVER CROP CONSIDERATIONS
Cover Crops best work their magic with a plan in place covering at least a couple of years future plantings taken into consideration. Questions to ask before planting include:
What is the primary purpose of the cover crop?
Graze, build organic matter, reduce compaction, etc.
What crop type will the following cash crop be?
The majority of the cover crop mixture should be a different crop type than the following cash crop.
Do you include warm species or not?
If planting later than August 10, do not include warm season species in planting considerations.
Would you like any species to overwinter?
Cereal grains most consistently overwinter i.e. cereal rye, winter wheat, triticale, etc.
Review the “half-life” of previously applied herbicides.
Herbicides break down by microbes, sunlight, organic matter level, pH, etc.
Seeding timing options.
Drilling after small grain/silage/corn/soybeans, aerial seeding, or full season
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