Incorporating Cover Crops

Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2015: $27,021.00
Projected End Date: 04/30/2017
Grant Recipient: NDSU
Region: North Central
State: North Dakota
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In a short growing season like North Dakota's, effectively using cover crops can seem like a challenge. However, farmers are interested in including cover crops to meet specific on-farm goals such as minimizing soil erosion, moisture management, weed suppression and improving soil conditions that they are unable to achieve by only having their cash crops in rotation. Establishing a specific on-farm goal is key to utilizing cover crops successfully. What is important is that those benefits and goals are different for every farm, really every field. Getting familiar with and then fine-tuning approaches is important to achieve desired outcomes. In this publication, NDSU soil health researchers, Abbey Wick and Caley Gasch, provide a starting point.
Abbey Wick, North Dakota State University
Caley Gasch, North Dakota State University
Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University
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This product is associated with the project "Adaption of Cover Crops to Build Soil Health in the Northern Plains"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.