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Cover Crop Report Documents Yield Boost, Soil Benefits and Ag Retailer Roles

For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey – which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) – also details the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops, data on the costs of seed and establishment, and insight into how farmers learn to manage cover crops.

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BMSB treatments are causing secondary flare-ups of San Jose scale

Insecticides used to treat brown marmorated stink bug are depleting predatory insects that control San Jose scale, say Pennsylvania State University extension specialists. San Jose scale is easy to prevent, and prevention is preferable to trying to treat it once it starts. It is also a dangerous pest to leave uncontrolled, as it can kill a tree in a season or two.

Read more at the PSU extension page on San Jose scale.