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Different cover crop mixes can have substantially different impact(s) on soil quality and physical properties.

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Planting Cover Crops after Silage Offers Several Benefits August 10, 2017

After silage harvest, bare ground has two things working against it:

  1. exposure to wind and water erosion, and
  2. no plant growth to produce biomass or income.

Cover crops may help overcome both problems.

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Figure 1. A new two-year study led by researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops. (Photo by Chris Proctor)

Nebraska Research to Examine Benefits of Cover Crop July 27, 2017

A new, multi-state, two-year study led by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops in soybean cropping systems, including finding the balance between lower soybean yields from shorter-season varieties and increased cover crop biomass after early soybean harvest.

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Figure 1. An August 9 Nebraska Extension event offers a chance for cattle and cover crop producers to learn and network about potential opportunities. (Photo by Mary Drewnoski)

Cover Crop Event Brings Together Farmers and Cattle Operators July 18, 2017

Farmers and livestock feeders interested in growing and using cover crops can learn and network with each other at an event 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, during the Lancaster County Super Fair.

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Successfully Seeding Forages into Wheat Stubble June 22, 2017

Wheat stubble can be an excellent seedbed in which to no-till plant forages, particularly if you're preparing to start planting immediately after wheat harvest, while soil water is available and before weeds get a foothold.

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Suspected Wheat Stem Maggot Damage in Corn following Cover Crops June 13, 2017

Ag professionals across central and eastern Nebraska are reporting insect damage to corn following rye and wheat cover crops, likely from the wheat stem maggot. A recent field survey found stand losses in fields ranged from 2%-30% on a whole-field basis.

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