Cover Crops and Stocker Cattle

Cover Crops and Stocker Cattle

Dan Loy

Iowa Beef Center

As the popularity of using cover crops as a tool to improve water quality through nutrient retention and improve soil health increases, the practice also represents the opportunity for both extending fall and spring grazing for cow-calf operations and providing an early spring source of silage for cow-calf and feedlot operations. In addition to acres planted by cattlemen, this still leaves thousands of acres of potential cover crops planted by cash grain operators.

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