Heading into fall, it is important to remember the topsoil lost due to strong winds during the open winter and dry spring. NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist Abbey Wick says a fresh approach to residue management may be needed. “Where we’ve recommended cover crops in the past with it being so dry this year, I’m asking farmers to look more at the residue coming out of the back of the combine,” said Wick. “Leave that residue in a condition where they can plant into it next year and not work it up this fall or if they work it up, do it later in the season or next spring. That’s where we’re focused and not trying to get in and cram in a cover crop this year if it doesn’t pencil out for you on your farm.”
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