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

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Managing Residual Herbicides with Cover Crops

April 8, 2021
This article discusses the fate of residual herbicides applied to crop residue and living cover crops, and how this may influence herbicide effectiveness.

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Fall seeded cover crop field
Figure 1. A fall seeded cover crop such as cereal rye can be a great tool for preventing the emergence of horseweed and other winter annual weed species, as well as suppressing early-season waterhemp emergence.

Final Results from a Multi-state Study on Cover Crop Termination with Herbicides

April 8, 2021
Proper spring termination of cover crops is important in order to be able to plant your cash crop successfully, and to prevent competition between crops. 

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Cover crop planted fields
Corn (left) and soybean (right) planted green into no-till fields of cereal rye in 2020. The grower who planted corn felt the rye better held residue in place from blowing back over the planted rows, giving him more even emergence. The grower who planted beans was very pleased with the overall weed suppression in this field. (Photos by Jenny Rees)

Cover Crop Termination Tradeoffs

April 8, 2021
Termination timing of cereal covers can be tricky — while there may not be one "right answer," there are many factors you can consider to make the best decision for your operation. 

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2021 Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference Presentations Available Online

April 1, 2021
This year's conference featured seminars on soiling sensing, using aerial imagery to analyze cover crop impacts, optimizing cover crop investments and more.

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Effects and Economics of Grazing Cover Crops in a Three-Year Non-Irrigated Rotation

February 18, 2021
Nebraska Extension reveals findings from long-term crop and livestock system On-Farm Research study.

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