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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PLFA Webinar

    Published on April 5, 2021

    Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) test, which measures the biomass of the microbes in the soil, is one of the tests that is currently being conducted to determine the microbial population of soil. To understand the PLFA test, the MSU Extension Field Crops Team invited Donna Brandt, Research Specialist with Missouri’s Soil Health Assessment Center, to give a short presentation on soil health, PLFA analysis, and how to interpret a soil health report.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Timing Breakout Room

    Published on September 14, 2020

    Fitting cover crops in can be difficult! This roundtable with Specialist Dr. Karen Renner will discuss innovative ways to fit cover crops into your rotation. Hosted by MSU Extension Educator Monica Jean.

  • 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.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Introduction

    Published on October 8, 2020

    Dean Baas from Michigan State University introduces the event, focused on on interseeding cover crops in Michigan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: “Planting Green” – Cereal Rye and Soybean

    Published on May 15, 2019

    The third webinar in this series highlights research at Michigan State University on interseeding soybean into standing cereal rye cover crops.

  • 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.