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  • Cover Crops

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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cover Crops in Organic Vegetable Rotations

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with cover crops in organic vegetable rotations

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Calibrating a Drill for Cover Crop Planting

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cover Crop Species Mixtures

    Published on January 9, 2020

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

  • Dean Baas

    Sustainable Agriculture Educator
    baasdean@msu.edu
    269-467-5646

  • Kim Cassida, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist - Forages & Cover Crops
    cassida@msu.edu
    517-353-0278

  • Paul Gross

    Field crops educator
    grossp@msu.edu
    989-317-4079

  • Monica Jean

    Field Crops Educator
    atkinmon@msu.edu
    989-224-5240

  • Philip Kaatz

    Field Crops Educator
    kaatz@msu.edu

  • Philip Kaatz

    Field Crops Educator
    kaatz@msu.edu

  • Benjamin Werling

    Commercial Vegetable Production
    werlingb@msu.edu
    231-873-6843

  • Benjamin Werling

    Commercial Vegetable Production
    werlingb@msu.edu
    231-873-6843

  • Bruce MacKellar

    Food and Animal Systems
    mackella@msu.edu