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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 Introductory Cover Crop Guides Cater to Nebraska

November 8, 2019
Two new guides from the Midwest Cover Crops Council and Nebraska Extension offer key "how to" information for growers interested in integrating cover crops into their traditional corn-soybean rotation.

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Grazing Cover Crop Workshops at 4 Sites in November

October 31, 2019
Local farmers and ranchers with experience grazing cover crops on row crop acres will be among the speakers at Grazing Cover Workshops to be held at four sites in November.

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This a cereal rye cover crop at the threshold (1,000 lb/ac) biomass level. It is about 6-8 inches tall (April 13, 2017 at the south-central Nebraska site).
Figure 1. This cereal rye cover crop is at the threshold (1,000 lb/ac) biomass level. It is about 6-8 inches tall (April 13, 2017 at the south-central Nebraska site).

Optimum Planting Times to Establish Cover Crops Following Corn

September 16, 2019
Results from a UNL study assessing biomass production of two cover crops (cereal rye alone or a cereal rye mix) planted either pre-corn harvest or post-corn harvest at three sites in eastern Nebraska.

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High-boy Cover Crop Seeding Demonstration

September 9, 2019
A high-boy cover crop seeding demonstration will be held Friday, Sept. 20, in northeast Nebraska to look at another option for planting cover crops pre-harvest to provide a longer period for plant development and biomass growth.

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Figure 1. Cover crops planted after wheat harvest at the Daryl Obermeyer Farm east of Auburn in Nemaha County. On the left are oats plus turnips and radishes. On the right are turnips and radishes and cereal rye. The brassicas (turnips and radishes) out-compete the cereal rye in late summer. (Photo by Gary Lesoing)

Cover Crop Field Tour Sept. 17 in Nemaha County

September 4, 2019
A Cover Crop Field Tour of three sites in Nemaha County will look at how cover crops are being used and what the early yield and biomass data are showing. A soil pit at one site will also offer insights into longer-term soil health benefits.

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