Benefits and selection
Field pennycress, a new winter annual cover crop, can be harvested for industrial oilseed uses, while providing ecosystem benefits.
Winter camelina has potential as a "cash" cover crop, providing both environmental services and viable oilseed production.
Consider crop rotation, seeding methods, and overwintering potential when trying a cover crop. Crop News
Demonstration results of forage potential and nutritional value of selected cover crop species and mixtures on Minnesota farms.
Selecting species for prevent plant acres when forage is needed.
Cover crop species, suggested planting dates and rates. (348 K PDF)
Beneficial active arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM) populations, which help with nutrient uptake, can be reduced in fallow soils. Cover crops help maintain these AM populations. Crop News
History, uses, and cultural practices of alternative crops, some of which may be used for forage or cover crops. Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin
New research on interseeding cover crops into existing row crops shows promise for Minnesota's short growing season.
Cover crops compete with crops for resources. This research looks at cover crop planting dates that minimize competition and optimize crop production and cover crop establishment.
Maintenance and utilization
Preparing a seedbed in perennial cover crops for corn and soybeans is explored.
Consider herbicide rotation restrictions, cover crop sensitivity and herbicide persistence when seeding cover crops into row crops. Crop News
Carryover concerns and feeding restrictions of corn and soybean herbicides.
Cover crops can scavenge nitrogen from the soil, reducing potential loss to the environment. Dairy Extension
Agronomy Journal abstract, 2001
Chemical and mechanical methods of terminating cover crops that successfully overwinter.
What is the potential nitrogen contribution from a cover crop to the following crop? Crop News
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A multi-state, multi-agency organization for promoting cover crops in the region.