Starting no-till, cover cropping or any other conservation-minded practice takes time, research and effort, and for farmers who rent land, it might not seem worth it when the land could switch hands the next year.
“It’s important to remember 2019 had excess rainfall and high humidity. So, it was a prime environment for a lot of diseases, and with the increase in disease, we have a lot of inoculum in the soil” says Randy Kool
When soils are cold, saturated or don’t have active roots it reduces biological activity, according to Ken Ferrie. PP fields are at a higher risk of off-balanced microbes that could hurt the 2020 crop.