It’s beginning to look a lot like… April?

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.

Rainfall totals over the weekend.

Rainfall totals over the weekend.

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.


2 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like… April?

  1. Jerry Crew says:

    How about the contrast of tilled/no-tilled? Even more dramatic! Don’t want to downplay the value of cover crops, but in December most of the erosion control happened because it was NOT tilled. I think we need to emphasize the fact that–aside from soil health–the big advantage of cover crops is the elimination of fall tillage.
    Jerry Crew

  2. nathanjstevenson says:

    Jerry, I agree! Maybe on my way to work tomorrow I’ll try and find some good contrasting till/no-till fields. ~Nathan

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