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  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" June 17, 2020, MSU North Farm cover crops

    Published on June 26, 2020

    Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center North Farm Coordinator Allison Starawa explains the use of 2 cover crop choices currently in place on the UPREC North Farm in Chatham, MI.

  • "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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Herbicides and Cover Crops: What Can I Use?

    Published on March 14, 2020

    In this new video, Dr. Christy Sprague from Michigan State University addresses the question, when planting cover crops, which herbicides can I use?

  • Can Cover Crops Control Marestail, Horseweed?

    Published on February 14, 2020

    John A. Schramski, masters student at Michigan State University, shares his research conducted in collaboration with his advisor, Dr. Christy L. Sprague. Horseweed continues to be an issue in Michigan due to herbicide resistance, reduced tillage control, prolonged and unpredictable emergence, and changes in rotation practices. These issues make this week particularly difficult to control.

  • 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.

  • Intermediate Wheatgrass as a Cover Crop - Part 1

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Vicki Morrone, shares information on intermediate wheatgrass and its use as a cover crop.

  • Cover Crop Species Mixtures

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Monica Jean, talks about planting a species mix for cover crops.

  • 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.

  • Seeding Equipment for Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • 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.

  • Benefits of Brassicas - Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension Educator, Dean Baas, talks about the benefits of using Brassicas as cover crops.

  • Intermediate Wheatgrass as a Cover Crop - Part 2

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Vicki Morrone, shares information on intermediate wheatgrass and its use as a cover crop.

  • 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.

  • Think Like a Plant - Choosing Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension Educator, Dean Baas, shares information on how to best select a cover crop. Standing in front of the Cover Crop Variety Trials at the Kellogg Biological Station, Dean urges farmers to think about the requirements and life cycle of each species being considered.

  • Calibrating a Drill for Cover Crop Planting

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • Nitrogen and Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Ricardo Costa Silva

  • 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.

  • Oats as a Cover Crop

    Published on January 9, 2020

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