Dr. Koehler-Cole was promoted to assistant research professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Dec. 1, 2018. You can find the articles she wrote as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate here.
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.
This new tool estimates cover crop growth with different planting and termination times across the state of Nebraska, to help producers maximize cover crop growth between fall harvest and spring planting.
Many warm-season cover crop species are available and can be used for different purposes in fallow fields, such as improving soil health, breaking up soil compaction, providing forage and supporting beneficial insects.