Cover Crops

Broadleaf cover crop
When using a burndown herbicide to terminate broadleaf cover crops and weeds this spring, planting intervals often may negate the use of many 2,4-D products prior to Enlist E3® soybean planting. (Photos by Amit Jhala).

Which 2,4-D Product Should I Use as a Burndown Before Planting Enlist E3® Soybean?

April 22, 2022
A review of the best production options for growers who are preparing to terminate broadleaf cover crop species and winter annual broadleaf weeds using 2,4-D products.

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Eroded field

Does Grazing Cover Crops Negatively Impact Soil and Crop Yields?

April 29, 2021
Grazing cover crops can be a potential option to re-integrate crops with livestock production and reverse the adverse effects of separating crops and livestock production, despite soil compaction concerns. 

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Soil samples

Can Cover Crops Offset the Negative Impacts of Corn Silage?

April 28, 2021
UNL researchers discerned varied results from a study on reducing soil compaction and wind/water erosion on fields harvested for corn silage by planting cover crops. 

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Pasture grass

Pasture and Forage Minute: Alfalfa Growth and Seeding Concerns, Selecting Herbicides

April 19, 2021
Maximize water usage in your alfalfa fields this year with tried-and-true techniques, such as adding cereals and no-till seeding.

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Cover crop plantings

Cover Crop Termination Tradeoffs

April 6, 2023
Termination timing of cereal covers can be tricky — while there may not be one "right answer," there are many factors you can consider to make the best decision for your operation. 

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Fall seeded cover crop field
Figure 1. A fall seeded cover crop such as cereal rye can be a great tool for preventing the emergence of horseweed and other winter annual weed species, as well as suppressing early-season waterhemp emergence.

Final Results from a Multi-state Study on Cover Crop Termination with Herbicides

April 8, 2021
Proper spring termination of cover crops is important in order to be able to plant your cash crop successfully, and to prevent competition between crops. 

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Cover crop termination timing chart

Managing Residual Herbicides with Cover Crops

April 8, 2021
This article discusses the fate of residual herbicides applied to crop residue and living cover crops, and how this may influence herbicide effectiveness.

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Conference speakers mugshots

2021 Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference Presentations Available Online

April 1, 2021
This year's conference featured seminars on soiling sensing, using aerial imagery to analyze cover crop impacts, optimizing cover crop investments and more.

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