Cover Crops

Figure 1. Early-planted rye on the left and late-planted rye on the right in a research study at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.
Figure 1. Early-planted rye on the left and late-planted rye on the right at in a research study at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.

Cover Crop Productivity In Corn And Soybean Systems September 7, 2017

University researchers share results from their study of cover crops planted pre- and post-harvest and in seed corn at three sites: Clay Center, Concord, and Mead.

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Cover crops planted in corn.
Figure 1. Cover crops, mainly radishes and turnips, interseeded after male row destruction in a seed corn field near Shelby. (Photo taken September 7, 2016.)

Nebraska Farmers Share Cover Crop Why's and How's September 6, 2017

How are Nebraskans using cover crops? A survey of Nebraska soybean, field corn, and seed corn producers and agronomists offers insights into why they've adopted cover crops and how they've integrated them into their cropping systems.

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Students conducting cover crop research
Students collecting data in cover crop plots at North Platte. (Photo taken on October 15, 2016)

Research Update on Cover Crops after Winter Wheat Harvest August 25, 2017

What was the effect on corn from cover crops planted after winter wheat and prior to corn in a fallow rotation using different planting dates and cover crop mixtures? In the first year of a three-year study in North Platte and Grant, researchers compared the effect of several systems on multiple variables and share findings and considerations for growers.

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Planting Cover Crops after Silage Offers Several Benefits August 10, 2017

Planting cover crops after silage harvest offers several benefits, including reduced erosion from wind and water, biomass production and possible income.

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Cover crops
Figure 1. A new two-year study led by researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops. (Photo by Chris Proctor)

Nebraska Research to Examine Benefits of Cover Crop July 27, 2017

A new, multi-state, two-year study led by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops in soybean cropping systems, including finding the balance between lower soybean yields from shorter-season varieties and increased cover crop biomass after early soybean harvest.

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Cattle grazing cover crops
Figure 1. An August 9 Nebraska Extension event offers a chance for cattle and cover crop producers to learn and network about potential opportunities. (Photo by Mary Drewnoski)

Cover Crop Event Brings Together Farmers and Cattle Operators July 18, 2017

Farmers and livestock feeders interested in growing and using cover crops can learn and network with each other at an event 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, during the Lancaster County Super Fair.

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Successfully Seeding Forages into Wheat Stubble June 22, 2017

Wheat stubble can be an excellent seedbed in which to no-till plant forages, particularly if you're preparing to start planting immediately after wheat harvest, while soil water is available and before weeds get a foothold.

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Corn damaged by wheat stem maggot

Suspected Wheat Stem Maggot Damage in Corn following Cover Crops June 13, 2017

Ag professionals across central and eastern Nebraska are reporting insect damage to corn following rye and wheat cover crops, likely from the wheat stem maggot. A recent field survey found stand losses in fields ranged from 2%-30% on a whole-field basis.

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