Mid-South farmers are starting to recognize that cover crops can play a big role in the suppression of weeds and lessen the need for deep tillage to control glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed.

As a result, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has seen increased interest in two programs involving cover crops, the Conservation Security Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Mike and Michael Taylor, who farm 6,500 total acres, including 2,000 acres of wheat, 1,500 acres of corn, 700 acres of milo, and 4,500 acres of full-season and double-cropped soybeans on Long Lake Plantation around Helena, AR, are old hands at cover crops, having used a cocktail mix of primarily cereal rye and radishes for years.

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