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  • Cover Crops

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


  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: Interseeding Cover Crops in Corn in Michigan

    Published on May 15, 2019

    The second webinar in this series highlights research at Michigan State University on interseeding cover crops into standing corn.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: Interseeding Alfalfa into Corn

    Published on June 21, 2019

    The seventh webinar in this series highlights research from Michigan State University on interseeding alfalfa as a cover crop into corn. NOTE: The purpose of this video is to share breaking research at MSU, and the data comes from an ongoing experimental trial. MSU DOES NOT ENDORSE THIS RISKY PRACTICE AT THIS TIME! For more information and to access the final report, visit http://forage.msu.edu or contact Dr. Kim Cassida with any questions.

  • Prevented Planting & Cover Crops 2019

    Published on June 21, 2019

    Podcast with Paul Gross and Dr. Dean Baas from Michigan State University Extension, discussing options for using cover crops during prevented planting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cover Crop Species Mixtures

    Published on January 9, 2020

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

  • 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.

  • Nitrogen and Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Ricardo Costa Silva

  • 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.

  • Seeding Equipment for Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • 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.

  • Calibrating a Drill for Cover Crop Planting

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • 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.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Soil Health Breakout Room

    Published on September 14, 2020

    Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Professor of Soils and Cropping Systems Ecology and Associate Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, will lead a discussion on how cover crops can enhance soil health. Hosted by MSU Extension Educator Christina Currell.

  • 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.