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  • Cover Crop Species Mixtures

    Published on January 9, 2020

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

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

  • Seeding Equipment for Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.