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

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Farm Evolution to Focus on Integrating Crop/Livestock Systems October 26, 2017

Incorporating cover crops and livestock grazing into a no-till system will be the focus of the 2018 Farming Evolution event Feb. 13-14 in Holyoke, Colorado.

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The Water-Soil Health Connection September 29, 2017

Cover crops, crop rotation, and other means for improving soil health are among the research areas pursued by the Soil Health Institute, a non-profit organization supporting soil stewardship and advancing soil health. Learn more about its work and the research it's spotlighting this week.

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Figure 1. Some of the six cover crop mixes featured on the Sept. 25 cover crop field day, each planted for a specific purpose. Diversity is important in cover crops to help feed the soil system. (Photo by Paul Jasa)

Cover Crop Field Day Monday, Sept. 25 near Lincoln September 15, 2017

View six cover crop mixes seeded after wheat harvest, each planted for a specific objective, as well as how fertilizer affects biomass production. See also how planting date affects biomass production. Includes a no-till drill demonstration and various legume cover crops for nitrogen fixation.

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Figure 1. At the Rob and Trent Bohling Farm near Johnson a cover crop mix of oats, turnips, radishes, and volunteer wheat was planted after wheat and is being compared with an area with no cover crop. The experiment is to evaluate and compare crop yields and soil properties among three systems: cover crops, cover crops followed by grazing, and no cover crop. (Photos by Gary Lesoing)

Cover Crop Field Day and Tour Sept. 19 in Southeast Nebraska September 14, 2017

Nebraska Extension, North Central SARE, NRCS, and the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition are sponsoring a Cover Crop Field Day and Tour Tuesday, September 19 in southeast Nebraska. View multiple cover crop mixes and hear from researchers studying various aspects of their production and use.

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Review Herbicide Restrictions Before Planting Forage Cover Crops September 8, 2017

Forage cover crops after corn or soybean have restrictive plant-back restrictions. These two Nebraska Extension resources offer further information on what to check before planting cover crops this fall.

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