The current wet conditions present a significant challenge to farmers in terms of delays in planting corn and soybean. The high percentage of acres under wet conditions can force farmers to entertain the idea of prevented planting by using cover crops or leaving the ground bare. There is a possibility that some of the acreage may be left fallow without any cover crops or annual crops growing due to a shortage of cover crop seed at this time. Leaving soils bare without any active root system can cause significant damage, not only in terms of potential soil erosion, which is a major concern that we are currently facing this season, but also in terms of changes in soil health and productivity in the following season due to problems such as fallow syndrome.
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Al-Kaisi, Mahdi, "Prevented Planting and Soil Health" (2013). Integrated Crop Management News. 37.
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