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An Analysis of the Economic Effects of Cover Crop Use on Farm Net Return per Acre in Central Indiana

Utilizing cover crop treatments can have significant agronomic benefits for a farm enterprise. However, implementing this technology introduces additional costs. A farmer-led agronomic trial was analyzed to identify the relationship between applied nitrogen fertilizer and corn yields. The objective of this paper was to identify the change in net returns, or the overall effect on the bottom line, associated with three different cover crop treatments: annual ryegrass, cereal rye, and an oats and radish blend.

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