Input prices disrupt Illinois farmer’s cover crop expansion

A central Illinois farmer says input prices forced him to cut back on cover crop acres this winter.

Lee Curby of Auburn in Sangamon County tells Brownfield last season they planted 100% of their corn and soybean acres to cover crops but, “Cereal rye seed prices have continually increased to the point where we have reduced not only the volume that we plant our cover but the acreage as well.”

He says erosion on their farm led them to regenerative practices, but he admittedly jumped in too quickly, so he shares advice for other farmers.

    

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