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  • Cover Crops

    Cover crops news, programming and other resources from MSU Extension.

  • Cereal Rye as a Cover Crop

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Christina Curell, talks about the pros and cons of using cereal rye as a cover crop.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Introduction

    Published on October 8, 2020

    Dean Baas from Michigan State University introduces the event, focused on on interseeding cover crops in Michigan.

  • Designing A Better System for Broadcast Interseeding

    Published on March 14, 2020

    Kaleb Ortner, masters student at Michigan State University, talks about his research on designing a better system for broadcast interseeding cover crops. His research looks to improve seed to soil contact, resulting in higher germination and better establishment of cover crops.

  • Prevented Planting & Cover Crops 2019

    Published on June 21, 2019

    Podcast with Paul Gross and Dr. Dean Baas from Michigan State University Extension, discussing options for using cover crops during prevented planting.

  • "What's UP @ UPREC?" June 18, 2020, Interseeding cover crops in corn

    Published on June 19, 2020

    UPREC director Dr. James Dedecker and crew interseed cover crop treatments in V4 corn in Menominee County

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: “Planting Green” – Cereal Rye and Soybean

    Published on May 15, 2019

    The third webinar in this series highlights research at Michigan State University on interseeding soybean into standing cereal rye cover crops.

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: Cover Crops in Michigan - Interseeding Cover Crops

    Published on May 15, 2019

    The first webinar in this series highlights research from Michigan State University on interseeding cover crops into standing corn.

  • Nitrogen and Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Ricardo Costa Silva

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 2, July 21

    Published on July 23, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics. Session 2 focused on: 1) Irrigating scheduling with the aid of soil moisture monitoring – Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE-Irrigation Specialist; 2) Where what and why do we irrigate in Michigan and Indiana – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator; 3) Irrigating corn to minimize infection period for Tar Spot - Marty Chilvers, MSU Pathologist; and Cover Crops in Irrigated Fields – Dean Baas, MSU Cover Crops Specialist.

  • Cover Crops for Urban Farms

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Abby Harper, shares information on integrating cover crops into urban farms and gardens. Urban soils can be heavily degraded when top-soil is removed for construction. Sites that previously hosted buildings also have heavily compacted soils. Compacted soil makes it difficult for crop roots to penetrate and access water and nutrients, and also limit water penetration and cause flooding or standing water Cover crops can also help address non soil-specific problems, such as creating forage for pollinators, reducing weed pressure, and preventing soil and nutrients from running off into waterways.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Soil Health Breakout Room

    Published on September 14, 2020

    Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Professor of Soils and Cropping Systems Ecology and Associate Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, will lead a discussion on how cover crops can enhance soil health. Hosted by MSU Extension Educator Christina Currell.

  • Cover Crops in Organic Vegetable Rotations

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with cover crops in organic vegetable rotations

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Central

    Published on August 20, 2020

    The 2020 AgroExpo Virtual Farm Tour (VFT) will provide opportunities to experience in-field learning from the comfort and safety of your home. The AgroExpo Team and MSU Extension have joined forces to deliver an educational series to help growers discover and evaluate cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies for cover crops including interseeding. Other videos are also available including evaluating for soil health, interseeding with skip-rows and working on compaction with sunflowers by viewing The Agro Expo Virtual Farm Tour YouTube Channel.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Q&A

    Published on October 8, 2020

    Paul Gross from Michigan State University leads the Q&A session for the Virtual Field Day.

  • Selecting Cover Crop Species for a Mixture

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Monica Jean, talks about making decisions on which species to select when planning a cover crop mix.

  • On Farm Research: Cover Crop Interseeding and Seeding Rates

    Published on March 14, 2020

    Dr. Karen Renner, Professor in the MSU Plant, Soils and Microbial Sciences Department and graduate student Aaron Brooker have been conducting research into interseeding cover crops into corn between the V1 and V7 growth stages. Previous years’ research found the use of cover crops does not reduce corn yield, and is an effective strategy to improve soil health and suppress winter annual weeds. Their current work, described in this video, builds on this research and looked at different seeding rates and different cover crop mixtures.

  • MSU Cover Crop Variety Trials

    Published on February 14, 2020

    Dr. Kim Cassida, Forage and Cover Crops Specialist at Michigan State University (MSU), shares research on a new type of variety trial. The trial evaluates cover crops and forage crops in order to determine which species are the most beneficial to grow in Michigan. This provides objective information comparing cover crops. Farmers can use information on biomass, ground cover, weed control, winter survival, residue cover, and ease of termination.

  • Compaction Remediation with Cover Crops

    Published on September 11, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross, gives cover crop recommendations for fields that have compaction due to constructions project like wind turbine installation.

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: Managing Weeds When Seeding Cover Crops

    Published on May 15, 2019

    The fourth webinar in this series highlights research at Michigan State University on managing weeds in agricultural systems using cover crops.

  • Innovative Cropping Systems Virtual Field Day - Relay Cropping

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Footage from our live Cropping System Resilience Virtual Field Day with Tim Boring and Drew Hasenick, on July 31 at 9am EST. Tim discussed topics such as relay cropping, interseeding covers, and no-til dry beans. Field day stops included (1) small grains relay cropped with soybean, (2) inter-seeded cover crops into corn, and (3) dry beans no-tilled into standing covers.