Katie Pekarek is an Water Quality Extension Educator in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is a biological and agricultural engineer who works primarily with watershed management planning, nonpoint source pollution education, source water protection, and stormwater management.
MS, North Carolina State University, 2008
BS, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2006
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UNL-NDEQ Water Quality Liaison, Ne Dept of Environment & Energy, October 2017
City of Waverly & LPSNRD Matching Funds, City of Waverly, June 2020
Online Stormwater Core Course, North Central Region Water Network, August 2017
Project ID 48321: Delivery of Watershed Science Education to Decision Makers A Multi-Agency Collaboration, Nebraska Environmental Trust, May 2019
Interested producers are encouraged to participate in this new UNL project, wherein researchers are interseeding cover crops into late-season corn to provide additional growth time before winter dormancy.
While planting cover crops after harvest with a drill or planter may be the most convenient, there are several other planting methods that can increase cover crop success as measured by biomass production.
The middle to end of September is a good time to establish cover crops by broadcasting seeds into corn or soybean before harvest, which allows the crop to capture more sunshine, growing degree days and rainfall.