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  • Cover Crops

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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rye Grass as a Cover Crop

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Christina Curell, discusses the pros and cons of using rye grass as a cover crop.

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: MSU Cover Crop Variety Trials

    Published on June 21, 2019

    The sixth webinar in this series highlights research from Michigan State University on a new cover crop variety trial that began in 2018. The goals of these variety trials are to look at biomass, ground cover, weed control, winter survival, residue cover, and ease of termination. For more information and to access the final report, visit http://forage.msu.edu or contact Dr. Kim Cassida with any questions.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Innovative Cropping Systems Virtual Field Day - Planting Cover Crop Mix

    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.

  • Innovative Cropping Systems Virtual Field Day - Hasenick Brothers Farm

    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.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - D'Arcy Farms

    Published on September 1, 2020

    Rich & Beverly D’Arcy farm 2,000 acres near Kingston, in Sanilac County. The crops they raise are corn, soybeans, navy beans, and wheat. D’Arcy’s have been no-till for 25-30 years and have been working with cover crops for the last 7-10 years and believe they are a great companion program to no-till. They have been able to reduce costs in field work to cover the cost of cover crop seed. In a typical year, they will follow wheat with ~10,000 gallons of dairy liquid manure from local farms followed by a cover crop as soon as possible. The crop mix includes combinations of winter rye, clovers, oats, turnips, and rape seed.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Upper Peninsula

    Published on August 20, 2020

    Twin Island Farm located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has graciously allowed us to research interseeding and intercropping on their land. The goal is to demonstrate creative ways cover crops can be successfully established during the short growing season.

  • 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.

  • Evaluating Soil Health in a Soil Pit

    Published on September 11, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross, looks at worm channels, roots and topsoil depth to evaluate the impact of no-till on soil health.

  • Innovative Cropping Systems Virtual Field Day - Dry Beans

    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.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Kellogg Biological Station

    Published on September 1, 2020

    The W.K. Kellogg Farm provides agronomic support for the Pasture Dairy Center, the Michigan Cover Crops Program at KBS, the LTER program, GLBRC sustainability research and general crops research. The farm oversees all managed crop and pasture lands at KBS, and provides research access and logistical support for all agricultural research at KBS.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: Soil Biology Benefits of Cover Crops

    Published on May 15, 2019

    The fifth webinar in this series highlights research at Michigan State University on the soil biology benefits of using cover crops.