Cover Crops

Figure 1. Rye cover crop planted in small sections of field for erosion control. Center photo shows a section of ground where cover crop did not establish with normally developing plants. Damaged corn plants were primarily restricted to areas where cover crop was present.
Figure 1. Rye cover crop planted in small sections of field for erosion control. Center photo shows a section of ground where cover crop did not establish with normally developing plants. Damaged corn plants were primarily restricted to areas where cover crop was present.

Wheat Stem Maggot in Corn: Plan on Scouting Your Cover Crop Fields This Spring March 8, 2018

Wheat stem maggots were an issue for some eastern and southern Nebraska farmers planting corn directly into a growing cover crop, leading to questions about how to best manage this scenario in 2018. Learn why entomologists don't recommend adding an insecticide to the herbicide when terminating the cover crop.

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Figure 1. Grazing cover crops planted after corn harvest can be a win-win situation for both crop and livestock producers. An April 4 Nebraska Extension field day will explore some of the challenges and opportunities and showcase recent university research on implementing the system in eastern Nebraska.
Figure 1. Grazing cover crops planted after corn harvest can be a win-win situation for both crop and livestock producers. An April 4 Nebraska Extension field day will explore some of the challenges and opportunities and showcase recent university research on implementing the system in eastern Nebraska.

April 4 Conference to Focus on Capturing Value of Cover Crops as Forages March 7, 2018

A Nebraska Extension conference and field day, “Capturing Value in Cropping Systems using Cattle,” will offer a unique learning and networking opportunity for cattle and crop producers in eastern Nebraska.

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Market Journal

Market Journal Looks at Farm Bill Discussions March 2, 2018

This week's Market Journal looks at two key programs affecting farm management: the Farm Bill that's currently in production and crop insurance. Other speakers look at the grain markets, cover crop research, and the forecast for next week.

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CO2 sensor in rye cover crop

Cover Crop and CO2 Emissions February 26, 2018

Do cover crops affect CO2 emissions from the soil and if so, under what conditions? These were among the questions addressed by university researchers monitoring CO2 emissions from cereal rye cover crops in irrigated and dryland no-till continuous corn treatments.

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Don Batie with his strip-till soybean plot.

Growers Share about Their On-Farm Research February 21, 2018

Three growers — Don Batie of Lexington, Ken Herz of Lawrence, and Derek Dam of Hooper — share what they learned from conducting on-farm research in 2017. Hear from other growers and learn how you can participate at Nebraska On-Farm Research Network Updates this week in Grant and Alliance.

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Soil health summer field days
Figure 1. While it's too early to examine soil health differences in the field, it's the right time to learn how to start improving soil health and soil quality at the March 5 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference.

Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference March 5 February 12, 2018

Soil health, cover crops, manure use, and grazing annual forages (cover crops) will be among the topics at the Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference Monday, March 5 in Syracuse. Registrations are due by Feb. 27.

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Cover crop plots
Figure 1. Cover crops planted into research plots for the 2017 Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics.

Nebraska Cover Crop Conference Feb. 15 for Corn, Soybean Growers January 26, 2018

Cover crops offer many benefits, such as improved soil heath and reduced erosion. The challenges lie in the details, including what cover crops to use and how to use them. The Feb. 15 Nebraska Cover Crop Conference tackles these topics for growers using a corn/soybean rotation.

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Integrating Cover Crops into a Corn and Soybean Cropping System January 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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