Iowa received an impressive amount of rainfall over the past weekend. In fact it was a record-breaking amount in many areas. The highest amount of rainfall was near my hometown of Goldfield, which received over 7 inches in 48 hours. If you thought we were in April, you wouldn’t be alone. December has been one of the warmest and wettest on record, and we are only halfway through the month.
Yesterday morning on my commute to Ames, I decided to pull over to snap a couple of photos. One was of a field that had been tilled with no cover crops, the other had cover crops. Keep in mind that these fields were right across from each other.
Now, I’m not saying all fields with cover crops avoided the wrath of the storm. I am sure some fields flooded no matter what. But, it’s hard to imagine that the cover crops didn’t give those fields an advantage.
Iowa’s weather is unpredictable. We all joke about it. Flood warnings in December are just the latest. It’s becoming more and more clear that cover crops are the counter to that. The evidence is out there, just look around. Adding a cover crop is adding predictability to your farm.