If you’ve been considering cover crops as a method to manage weeds, erosion and maximize the output on your fields, you’re not alone. “Cover crops have become more popular and aerial applicators seed these crops prior to the existing crop being harvested,” Alan Corr, Nebraska Aviation Trades Association (NATA) Spray Plane Analyst, told Midwest Producer. Read more.
Corr isn’t the only one following this trend, and we suspect it isn’t going away anytime soon. Interested in learning more? Check out the following resources and consider Woodley Aerial Spray for your application needs.
“This is an important tool for us to maintain precious water resources, to replenish and renourish the soil and to potentially over time create new market opportunities for landowners, farmers, ranchers and producers.”
- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
The "Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops" project will examine the benefits of cover crop practices to pollinator habitat, nutrient cycling, improvements in soil health and other aspects.
“I encourage producers to start small and start with cover crops that do not require as high a level of management. For example, start with oats, oilseed radish or combinations of cover crops that will winterkill. Once you become comfortable with cover crop establishment, you can progress to species that need to be terminated in the spring.”
- Russ Higgins, University of Illinois Extension Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center
FarmWeekNow recently featured top agricultural experts in its Discover Cover Crops discussion.
“Aerial application provides for flexibility in a farming operation by being able to control pests and seed a cover crop without disturbing or damaging the growing crop.”
- Alan Corr, Nebraska Aviation Trades Association (NATA) Spray Plane Analyst
Midwest Producer took a closer look at “Low-Riding in the Sky,” including increased involvement in the trend toward cover crops.
“While generally the right time is late August to mid-September, the greatest success when flying on cover crops into standing corn, aerial apply when the corn is dried approximately to the ear.”
- Jane Fyksen, Agri-View Crops Editor
Fyksen features Legacy Seeds forage and cover crop manager Dave Robinson, who shares the insight into a variety of cover crops and tips for application.
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Woodley Aerial Spray utilizes industry-leading resources from Flight Plan Online and DriftWatch to ensure responsible application. These tools allow Woodley Aerial Spray to locate organic farms and apiaries prior to application to ensure caution and extra attention to weather conditions to serve as a responsible and respectful member of the agriculture industry.
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- Bill Norden, Manager at Crop Production Services
“The entire team at Woodley Aerial Spray is incredibly professional, from the office staff and online ordering system to timely application.”
– Mike Glassburn, Ag Division Manager at Rock River Lumber & Grain
“Woodley Aerial Spray goes out of its way to ensure applications are timely and accurate. As our primary aerial application partner, they guarantee excellence we can count on.”
- Scott Pate, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin Division Manager at Crop Production Services
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