Cover Crops

What Are the Benefits of a Cover Crop Mix Versus a Single Species Cover Crop?

July 6, 2020
The decision whether to mix species or plant a single species as a cover crop depends on your goals, time of the year, and costs.

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Corn planted into green cereal rye in 2020.

Considerations when Planting Green

April 24, 2020
Growers that switched to planting green, say it was much easier to plant compared with planting into the decomposing-dying cover. In spite of these observations, planting green is not for everyone and one needs to assess the risk of doing so.

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Streaming On-Farm Research Offers Live, Timely Results from Research Studies

April 9, 2020
New for the 2020 growing season, Nebraska Extension presents “Streaming On-Farm Research,” a series of short live webinars for farmers and ag professionals. These events will occur weekly, on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Sessions will be 30 minutes, featuring 15 minutes of presentation, and 15 minutes of Q&A.

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Farmer Input Sought for 2020 National Cover Crop Survey

April 2, 2020
These surveys have provided valuable information about the use of cover crops and their impact on crop production and soil health including information that helped frame policy with the USDA agencies NRCS and FSA.

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Cover crop research plots in 2017

Spring-planted Cover Crops for Weed Control in Organic Soybean

March 25, 2020
Weed control in organic soybean usually includes frequent pre-plant tillage operations but spring rains often make it difficult to get into the fields for timely tillage. As a result, weed pressure can be high. Cover crops can help suppress weeds, but after corn harvest it is often too late to establish cover crops. Spring-planting cover crops may be an alternative to fall-planting.

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Undersowing Red Clover Into Winter Wheat as an N Source for Corn

March 11, 2020
Red clover can be an excellent green manure that fixes nitrogen, suppresses weeds, and increases corn yields. As a slow-growing cool-season legume, it is suitable to undersowing into winter small grains in early spring.

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attendees at the last Cover Crops and Soil Health conference

Video Presentations from the 2020 Cover Crops and Soil Health Conference are Available Online

March 3, 2020
The theme for the 2020 conference, which was held in February at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, was “Inter-Seeding Cover Crops for Corn & Soybean Rotation.”

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New NebGuide - Crop Management to Reduce Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Nebraska

February 24, 2020
A new NebGuide, G2322, authored by Bijesh Maharjan, Virginia Jin, Laila Puntel, Javed Iqbal, Tyler Williams, Humberto Blanco and Charles Wortmann, is available in both html and PDF formats.

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