Jun 13, 2018
“Achieving Diverse Cover Crop Mixtures: Effects of Planting Date and Seeding Rate” with Dr. Ebony Murrell and Dr. Mac Burgess
In fall, organic farmers across the country will start spreading seeds for crops that they won’t ever harvest. The reason? They’re cover crops! The secret agents of the crop game, these are crops that are planted in between plantings of cash crops like corn or wheat because of their many benefits to the land, the environment, and the farmer.
Historically, they’ve been planted to prevent water from carrying nutrients away in runoff. But in recent years, there have been discoveries of the many other benefits that cover crops provide, everything from weed suppression, to breaking up soil compaction, to making more nutrients like nitrogen available to their crops in spring. Dr. Ebony Murrell and Dr. Mac Burgess are fascinated with all of this.
They’ve found that mixing cover crops together can bring those benefits to the next level, especially if they are equally represented in the spring. Working with a panel of farmers, agronomic industry professionals, and academics, the two developed four seed mixes that brought together some of the most popular cover crops to see how these pairs worked with one another and how each was represented in spring.
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If you would like more information about this topic, today’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.2134/agronj2016.03.0174
It will be freely available from 22 June to 6 July, 2018.
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"Diversifying Cover Crop Mixtures" CSA News article: https://doi.org/10.2134/csa2017.62.0518
Practical Farmers of Iowa: https://www.practicalfarmers.org/
Midwest Cover Crop Council: http://mccc.msu.edu/covercroptool/covercroptool.php
Managing Cover Crops Profitably: https://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Cover-Crops-Profitably-3rd-Edition
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