Cover Crops

Integrating Cover Crops into a Corn and Soybean Cropping System May 8, 2018

An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics on recent research to understand the impact of planting dates, plant populations, and corn (Zea mays L.) hybrid comparative relative maturity (CRM) on corn growth, kernel moisture content, and corn yield prior to cover crops.

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Comparison of cover crop planting dates

How Planting Date, Varieties Affect Spring Cover Crop Growth May 4, 2018

Reduced spring growth resulting from delayed planting of small grain cover crops has been widespread throughout the western Corn Belt.

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Broadleaf weeds

Q&A: Which Dicamba Product Should I Use to Kill Broadleaf Cover Crops or Burndown Weeds Before Xtend Soybean? April 27, 2018

With a delayed or compressed planting season, this week several growers asked whether they could immediately plant soybeans after a dicamba application. See how Extension Weed Scientist Amit Jhala replied.

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Cereal rye in corn stubble
Figure 1. Cereal rye planted as a cover crop in many fields is slow-growing this spring. Combining a cover crop termination and PRE application may be a valuable time-saver this year, if used correctly.

Q&A on Terminating Cereal Rye, Applying a PRE April 25, 2018

A grower asked: My cereal rye cover crop is only 3 to 5 inches tall going into planting season. Can I combine two field operations in one by applying glyphosate to terminate cereal rye and tank-mixing it with a residual herbicide for early season weed control?

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Figure 1. Seasonal ecology of wheat stem maggot (Allen 1933) overlaid on 2017 field issues. Arrows indicate likely source of infestation started with adult movement in the spring.
Figure 1. Seasonal ecology of wheat stem maggot (Allen 1933) overlaid on 2017 field issues. Arrows indicate likely source of infestation started with adult movement in the spring.

Wheat Stem Maggot Adult Monitoring: A Pest of Cover Crop-to-Corn Transitions April 25, 2018

This article looks at wheat stem maggots in cover crops-to-corn transitions, including their biology, risk for damage to early season corn, and what to look for this spring.

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Cover crop field with mixed-species plantings
Later season field of cover crops in southeastern Nebraska. (Photo by Paul Jasa)

Timing of Cover Crop Termination and Related Factors April 20, 2018

Should the cold spring delay cover crop termination? Growers walk a fine line between growing cover crops long enough to get the biomass they want without reducing yield in the following grain crop. This discussion from an agronomist, entomologist and weed scientist looks at various factors to consider.

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Cereal rye cover crop

Q&A on Grazing Cereal Rye after an Anhydrous Application April 19, 2018

This week a CropWatch reader asked: Can you safely graze cover crop rye this spring after anhydrous has been applied? That depends on several factors, write three extension specialists in agronomy and beef production.

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Insects in Cover Crop Systems April 6, 2018

If you missed the March 14 Nebraska Extension webinar on "Insects in Cover Crop Systems" with Justin McMechan, it's now available online.

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