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

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Conference Offers Information, Answers for Today’s Farming Challenges January 11, 2019

Managing today’s weed challenges, integrating cover crops, and identifying and controlling new pest threats are among the featured topics at the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Jan. 28-29 in Kearney.

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A field of cover crops

Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference Set for Feb. 14 January 11, 2019

Soil health "rock stars" are on the speaker line-up for the February 14 Nebraska Cover Crop Conference. It's free, but seats are limited and registration is required.

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Figure 1. Cover crop trials were conducted in 2017-2018 at the UNL Havelock Research Farm near Lincoln to discover the impact of several practices on management of winter- and summer-annual weeds.
Figure 1. Cover crop trials were conducted in 2017-2018 at the UNL Havelock Research Farm near Lincoln to discover the impact of several practices on management of winter- and summer-annual weeds.

Using Cover Crops as a Weed Management Tool for Managing Herbicide-Resistant Weeds January 9, 2019

Cover crop research trials were conducted in 2017-2018 at the UNL Havelock Research Farm near Lincoln to discover the impact of soybean maturity group, planting date, termination date, and herbicide use on on management of winter- and summer-annual weeds.

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Comparison of aboveground biomass amounts and total N when using hairy vetch or cereal rye as cover crops.

Cover Crops Benefit Nebraska Agroecosystems In Many Ways January 9, 2019

Across Nebraska, the use of cover crops is increasing. Most commonly, winter cover crops are planted during the fallow period between corn or soybean harvest and the next crop. However, other windows for cover cropping exist in Nebraska.

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Soybean field where previous cover crop provided adequate weed control.
Soybean field where previous cover crop provided adequate weed control.

How Much Cover Crop Growth Is Needed For Weed Control? January 9, 2019

How well do cover crops control weeds and can they offset herbicide costs in corn-soybean cropping systems across the Corn Belt? That's the focus of a multi-state meta-analysis of 15 cover crop research projects.

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