Cover Crops

Video: Impact of Winter Rye Cover Crop on Conventional Soybean Yields, Insects, and Weed Control

Can conventional farmers reduce herbicide expense by using a winter rye cover crop? Learn about the benefits of winter rye in conventional soybean farming from both a scientific (Jon Gaska, senior research agronomist at the University of Wisconsin) and practical (Sam Bennett, Iowa farmer) perspective. This presentation was part of our annual Conventional Corn & […]

January 18, 2022 | Categories: , , , , , Read More >>

Video: Fertility Management in Organic Crop Rotations

James Schroepfer, staff agronomist for Crop Fertility Services, discusses fertility management in organic crop rotations. James touches on soil testing, crop rotations, cover crops and nutrient cycling, manure use, and nitrogen status impact on weed management. This presentation was part of our annual Albert Lea Seed Organic Seed & Systems day, Dec. 3, 2021. __ […]

December 21, 2021 | Categories: , , , Read More >>

Interseeding Cover Crops into Early-Season Corn

by Margaret Smith • Forage Agronomist & Bairet Eiter • Cover Crops Lead Interest in seeding a range of cover crop species into corn early in the growing season is increasing among both conventional and organic farmers. Why plant cover crops early rather that into maturing corn or after corn harvest? Bigger window (more growing season) […]

March 3, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

University of Minnesota Researchers Release First-Ever Winter Barley Variety

MN-Equinox will be available for growers to plant in Fall of 2022 through Albert Lea Seed by University of Minnesota Media Contact: Constance Carlson, UMN Forever Green, 612.709.6790 St. Paul, MN — Researchers from the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at University of Minnesota announce the release of a new six-row winter barley variety […]

December 2, 2021 | Categories: , , , Read More >>

Nine Things That Can Go Wrong with Cover Crops: Prevention and Management

By Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead and Agronomist, and Margaret Smith, PhD, Agronomist Research and practical on-farm experience demonstrate that cover crops work for nearly all farm systems. They improve soil health, soil productivity, water quality, and long-term environmental health; however, any new management practice brings learning opportunities and unintended consequences – and cover crops are […]

June 2, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

Grass Seeding Rates for New Lawn Establishments

Lucas Palokangas Albert Lea Seed Garden Center Horticulturist When seeding new turf grass, we recommend a seed rate of 4-7 lbs of seed per 1,000 square feet (the equivalent of 175-250 lbs per acre). The following images illustrate what that looks like over a one-square-foot area. A square foot of space seeded at 4 lbs […]

October 5, 2021 | Categories: Read More >>

Managing Canada Thistle in Organic & Conventional Cropping Systems

MARGARET SMITH, PHD, FORAGE AGRONOMIST, ALBERT LEA SEED STEVEN J. CARLSON, PHD, RESEARCH AGRONOMIST Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense L.) is manageable in both organic and conventional farming systems, but the approach is much different. The challenge is certainly greater on organic farms. Organic growers should think in terms of management rather than control as it […]

March 2, 2021 | Categories: , , , Read More >>

Virtual Conference Videos Now Available: Forage Day & Small Grains Day

Albert Lea Seed hosted two 2021 Virtual Conference Days: Forages Day and Small Grains Day. The videos of each of those sessions is now available on the Albert Lea Seed Youtube channel, or you can simply view them in this post. Happy learning! Forages Day Optimizing Animal Use of Summer Annuals Presented by Mary Drewnowski, […]