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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rainfall Simulator - Soil Health Demonstration

    Published on September 2, 2019

    Paul Gross and Dean Baas, from Michigan State University Extension, give a rainfall simulator demonstration at the 2019 AgroExpo in Michigan. The demonstration covers soil health topics such as runoff, water holding capacity, and aggregate stability.

  • 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.

  • Nitrogen and Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Ricardo Costa Silva

  • 2018 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series recordings now available online

    Published on July 12, 2018
    Fifteen new MSU Extension Beginning Farmer Webinars are now posted and available for free viewing.