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  • Cover Crops

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

  • Cover Crops | Cover Crops

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

  • Cover Crops in Field Crops Rotations

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with cover crops in field crop rotations.

  • In a Pickle with Specialty Crops and Cover Crops

    Published on April 21, 2020
    Series 4 Episode 2: Monica Jean and Paul Gross, MSU Extension Field Crops Educators, sit down with Nathan Clarke, farmer in Midland County, to discuss cover crops and conservation tillage practices with dry beans and pickles.

  • Nitrogen and Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Ricardo Costa Silva

  • One Canadian's Approach to Cover Crops

    Published on April 29, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 4 Episode 3: Monica Jean and Paul Gross, MSU Extension Field Crops Educators, sit down with Woody Van Arkel, Farmer from Ontario, CA, to discuss cover crops integration into his corn, soybeans, wheat and sugarbeet rotation.

  • Cover Crops Options for Prevented Planting

    Published on June 5, 2019
    Podcast recording on cover crop options for prevented planting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Liquid Manure and Cover Crops

    Published on January 6, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension Educator, Sarah Fronczak, discusses the benefits of integrating soil manure and cover crops into your farming practices.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: 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. Following Baas' presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Solid Manure and Cover Crops

    Published on January 6, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension Educator, Sarah Fronczak, discusses the benefits of integrating soil manure and cover crops into your farming practices.

  • Seeding Equipment for Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day

    Published on September 29, 2020

    Researchers discuss using cover crops.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sorghum for Cover Crops and Forage

    Published on January 9, 2020

    Michigan State University (MSU) Forage and Cover Crop Specialist, Kim Cassida, explores how dual-purpose use for Sorghum cover crops can benefit both soil health and livestock. Forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids (sometimes abbreviated as sudex) are exceptionally heat and drought tolerant annual crops that are often used as cover crops. They also have a long history as livestock feed harvested as hay, haylage, or pasture. This makes them a prime candidate for dual purpose use as both cover crop and forage. Dual purpose cover crops can help crop growers recoup the cost of planting a cover, while providing much needed feed for livestock. Because roots are not harvested, many of the soil improvement benefits remain. Frost-killed pasture can be stockpiled for winter grazing similar to corn stover, while also continuing to provide ground cover and erosion protection.

  • Saving soil: a farmer's perspective on cover crops

    Published on November 26, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 5: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Dan Ritter, Farmer in the thumb of Michigan, to discuss how cover crops work to save him money

  • Overseeding cover crops

    Published on June 7, 2012
    Overseeding cover crops can give farms another option for integrating them into their rotation.