Seeding Practices

Getting cover crops in the ground can be one of the biggest challenges growers will face. This topic provides information and tips for getting cover crops seeded successfully in agricultural fields. This includes planting, drilling, broadcasting, aerial seeding, interseeding and any other methods used to seed cover crops, as well as strategies for maximizing seed-to-soil contact and stands.

ARTICLES

[Video] Selecting Cover Crop Species for a Mixture

Monica Jean, Field Crops Educator with Michigan State University Extension, discusses how to choose cover crop species for an effective cover crop mixture. She will explain the best cover crops for growers who are just beginning to use cover crops, how to combine functional groups when choosing cover crop species, and more.
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Growing Oats for Cover Crop Seed Requires Plant Variety Protection

Oats are the second most popular cover crop in Iowa, creating a significant market for oat seed. Though cover crop seed markets offer the advantages of a favorable price and local markets with little transport cost, growing oats for seed is more difficult than the other most popular cover crop, rye. Find out why in this article from Practical Farmers of Iowa.
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Canadian Cover Crop Research Compares Crop Rotation With and Without Covers

Last summer, many large-scale cover crop trials were underway across the Prairies looking at everything from cover crop combinations, rotations and planting methods to pollinator strips. Trials are taking place at five locations: the University of Manitoba’s Carman and Glenlea research farms, the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon, South East Research Farm at Redvers, Sask., and Farming Smarter at Lethbridge, Alta. Find out more in this article from Grainews.
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Time for Frost Seeding Cover Crops

Frost seeding is a great option for improving existing pastures or waterways. During late winter farmers can broadcast species like clover or grass over pastures to thicken the stand and improve production. Find out more in this article from AgriNews.
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Cover Crops Strategies Podcast

[Podcast] Less Fertilizer Needed for Vegetables When Grown with Covers

Cover crops are particularly impressive at controlling weeds in a vegetable production system, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
Cover crops are particularly impressive at controlling weeds in a vegetable production system, says Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff. In this podcast, Groff explains how covers supply nitrogen in the soil for vegetable plants, why cover crops should not be used with early-producing vegetables, how pumpkins are cleaner when grown with covers, and more. (Courtesy of Cover Crop Innovators)
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EVENTS

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National Cover Crop Summit 2020

3/18/20
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United States
Requiring no travel expense or time away from the office or farm, participate from the comfort of your own office through a series of online presentation videos delivering practical tips and information on managing cover crops to improve soil health, protect the environment and enhance on-farm profitability. Read More

Attend the 2020 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Join the most innovative, forward-thinking strip-till farmers, agronomists and researchers today at the 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, Neb., August 6-7, 2020. Discover practical cover cropping techniques and hundreds of proven ideas to boost your strip-till yields and save on input costs.

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