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Schedule available now!Cover Crops for Prevented Planting

Challenging weather this spring has farmers considering alternatives to their cropping plans including prevented planting. The MSUE Cover Crop Team recommends planting cover crops on prevented planting acres to avoid further soil degradation and improve soil resiliency. Guidance on the use of cover crops for prevented planting  can be found at Cover Crops for Prevented Planting.

Corn and Soybeans as Cover Crops Following Prevented Planting

Michigan State University Extension recognizes as agronomically sound the use of corn and soybeans as cover crops following a prevented planting crop in Michigan. The article providing guidance on their use can be found at Corn and soybeans as cover crops following prevented planting

The MSUE Cover Crop Team is a resource to assist with cover crop use.

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Cover crops are plants grown in agricultural fields to increase system sustainability and maintain or improve productivity. Increasing the biodiversity of cropping systems and keeping the ground covered can lead to benefits such as nutrient recycling, erosion reduction, soil building, pest mitigation, etc. MSU is dedicated to understanding how cover crops best function and enhance various production systems through innovative research and extension efforts. Follow us on twitter to stay up to date on all the latest cover crop news. Use #MSUcovercrops to connect with us!

This work is supported by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program 2017-70006-27175 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Cover Crops Following Wheat

    Published on July 30, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 30 2020, focuses on cover crops following wheat, presented by Dean Baas, MSU cover crops specialist.


  • Rainfall totals

    Southwest Michigan field crop update – July 30, 2020

    Published on July 30, 2020

    Hot and dry…have we heard that before? The southwest region is now being categorized as “abnormally dry,” and rainfed crops will continue to struggle with little precipitation in the coming week.

  • Irrigated corn

    July/August corn water needs

    Published on July 30, 2020

    The water needs of corn peak in July and taper off in August as we near dent stage.

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