Cover Crops

Cover crop field trial

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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Hairy vetch cover crop

Impact of Cover Crop Management on Rainfed Corn Production in Western Nebraska January 9, 2019

Researchers report their findings from a one-year cover crop study at two sites in western Nebraska to study the impact of planting and termination dates and cover crop species selection. This article is part of the Crop Production Clinic Proceedings 2019.

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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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Field of cover crops

Native Warm-Season Grass Management and Planting Decisions for Alternative Forages January 9, 2019

One of the most important drivers of productivity and cost effectiveness of annual forages is planting date. Having realistic planting date expectations is one key to proper species selection.

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Double cropping trial near Mead

Double Cropping Field Peas with Cover Crops, Forages, and Short-Season Crops January 9, 2019

Farmers throughout the Corn Belt may want to consider diversifying traditional corn and soybean rotations to increase agronomic sustainability and to spread financial risks associated with low market prices of corn and soybean. An alternative is a more diverse crop rotation using field pea (short-season grain crop) followed by cover crops, forages, or short-season crops (Figure 1).

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