Tour Looks at Using Cover Crops after Organic Wheat

Tour Looks at Using Cover Crops after Organic Wheat

July 11, 2008

A field tour of cover crops planted after organic winter wheat will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead. The tour will include discussion on various cover crops for eastern Nebraska and methods and equipment for weed control and cultural practices.

John Quinn, a UNL graduate student, will give an update on the Healthy Farm Index, a tool being developed to help evaluate a farm's ecological and economic health. Richard Little, UNL organic wheat breeding specialist , will provide an update on organic winter wheat variety trial yields and agronomic data. Preliminary results from the study of wheat canopy cover and nitrogen top dressing experiments also will be discussed.

Location: The tour is being held at UNL's Forestry Research Area at the Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead. If traveling north from Lincoln on Highway 77, turn east on Highway 66 and travel seven miles to the top of the hill, just past the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building. The entrance to the Forestry Research Area is on the left, next to a row of trees. Take the farm road north one-half mile to the buildings on the left. If traveling south from Mead, take Road 10 south to Highway 66, turn west and go one-half mile to the gravel farm road on the right. Enter and go one-half mile north to buildings in the center of the section.

Liz Sarno
Organic Project Coordinator