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

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New SARE Resource Examines Economics of Cover Crops in Row Crops July 16, 2019

A new publication from USDA Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE), Cover Crop Economics: Opportunities to Improve Your Bottom Line in Row Crops, looks at the economics of cover crops in corn and soybean rotations to help farmers answer that big question: When do cover crops pay?

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Farmer field testing two cover crop management options

Farmers Find Solutions Through Nebraska Soil Health Initiative July 11, 2019

How can we manage cropland to improve soil health? To test and encourage adoption of soil health practices, the Soil Health Demonstration Initiative was launched as a collaborative effort of growers, UNL and NRCS. Now a network of farm research sites is providing valuable information from in-field studies.

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Field of diverse cover crops
Field of diverse cover crops

Cover Crop Use and Implications for Cropland Lease Arrangements in 2019 July 8, 2019

Cover crops were planted on almost 750,000 acres in Nebraska in 2017, the last year of the USDA Ag Census. A recent Cornhusker Economics reports cover crop acreage by county as well as how to consider their short-term costs and potential long-term benefits when negotiating crop land leases.

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On flood-damged fields cover crops offer benefits as a soil cover and rebuilder as well as a source of forage.
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NRCS Recommendations for Growing Corn as a Cover Crop June 28, 2019

Corn is considered a cover crop species in Nebraska and can be planted into prevented planting acres and can be grazed or harvested for forage. See these NRCS recommendations for meeting guidelines when using corn as a cover crop.

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Check Herbicide Restrictions before Planting and Using Cover Crops June 28, 2019

Cover crops offer many benefits for prevented planting fields; however, including them in a rotation adds another layer of complexity, particularly when it comes to plant-back restrictions for previously applied herbicides. Here's what to check before selecting a cover crop species.

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