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Cover Crops

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Our Cover Crop Work

Integrating cover crops into field crop production has gained interest in recent years as we discover the multitude of benefits that cover crops can provide, such as reducing nutrient and soil loss, increasing soil organic matter, suppressing weeds, serving as extra sources of livestock forage, and even as habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.

Our NWCS team has been working with farmers and other partners to conduct research and outreach on cover crops suited to our northern climates, primarily in silage corn acreage but also in other crops like cereal grains, hops, and vegetables.

Click here to view our publication “Under Cover – Integrating Cover Crops into Silage Corn Systems”

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We invite you to receive regular updates  on cover crops (plus no-till, soil building, improving crops, and more) by signing up to receive our Out Croppings blog posts.

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Guide – Reduced Tillage and Cover Crops: Five Factors for Success

Fact Sheet – No-Till Planter Checklist: Planter Maintenance & Upgrades

No-Till Tuesdays Webinar Series.  Interested in no-till farming? Check out the recordings to our No-Till Tuesdays webinar series (2017): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaZCgOs78cqjX0yDCwhAIJEa5XYZ39nAb

You will hear from our own Heather Darby and Jeff Sanders on no-till tips and equipment considerations; PennState experts Doug Beegle and John Tooker who addressed manure and pest management in reduced tillage systems; and John Jemison and Rick Kersbergen from the University of Maine who discussed managing soils in no-till.

Coffee Break for Cover Crops Webinar Series

We offered a webinar series focused on practical cover cropping tips you can use on your farm and/or in your work with farmers. Links to the recordings can be found below.

  • Cover crops and your corn herbicide program. Bill Curran, Penn State University, 4/27/16. The webinar recording is available at: https://youtu.be/MBTMAKPmHfg.
  • Termination strategies, pros and cons. Heather Darby, UVM Extension, 5/4/16. The webinar recording is available at: https://youtu.be/VRDjpoVzLmQ.
  • Cover crop variety selection for inter seeding. Kirsten Workman, UVM Extension, 5/11/16. The webinar recording is available at: https://youtu.be/k90CcqXekFQ.
  • Options for interseeding cover crops. Jeff Sanders, UVM Extension, 5/18/16. The webinar recording is available at: https://youtu.be/1hFjt8dyiYg.
  • VT NRCS & state programs for cover cropping, Sandra Primard, USDA NRCS, 5/25/16. The webinar recording is available at: https://youtu.be/JaSBkVnRpJo.

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Research

Since 2010, our NWCS team has been conducting research on cover crops, see research reports listed below.

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Bulletins, Guides, and Conference Proceedings

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Videos and Webinar Recordings

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Additional Resources

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