Producers Urged to Plant Cover Crop after Silage

BATTLE CREEK - Producers cutting silage on drought-damaged acres are reminded that they may be required to plant a cover crop. Dan Gillespie with the Madison County NRCS says cover crops do more than protect against soil erosion. Gillespie says a cover crop is required on acres classified as Highly Erodible Land; but NRCS is considering a waiver if there is not enough moisture available on dryland for seed to germinate. Some options for cover crops that producers might want to consider are oats, rye, wheat, turnips or radishes.