Many growers throughout Illinois encountered issues with cover crops in 2023 with challenges being dry conditions and termination timing.

John Pike shares his 2023 cover crop season observations from strip-trials on his farm in Marion, Illinois. Pike examines various scenarios including drilled no-till beans both with and without cover crops, along with different cover crop termination timings.

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About the Author: John Pike

John Pike is an independent research agronomist and consultant from Marion, IL. He is involved in research and education efforts related to soil fertility, nutrient management, soil health and cover crop systems for corn, soybeans and wheat. Contact him at or 618-727-1234.

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