Evaluation of Spring Seeded Cover Crops in Colorado, Montana, and North Dakota

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Program has been involved in the evaluation of conservation plants and planting technology for more than 80 years. Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) in Manhattan, KS; Elsberry, MO; and East Lansing, MI conducted a 2-year evaluation of 56 commercially available varieties of cereal […]

Evaluation of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Southwest Region

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Program has been involved in the evaluation of conservation plants and planting technology for more than 80 years. Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) in Manhattan, KS; Elsberry, MO; and East Lansing, MI conducted a 2-year evaluation of 56 commercially available varieties of cereal […]

Evaluation of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Northwest Region

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Program has been involved in the evaluation of conservation plants and planting technology for more than 80 years. Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) in Manhattan, KS; Elsberry, MO; and East Lansing, MI conducted a 2-year evaluation of 56 commercially available varieties of cereal […]

Evaluation of Cool Season Cover Crops in the North Central Region

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Program has been involved in the evaluation of conservation plants and planting technology for more than 80 years. Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) in Manhattan, KS; Elsberry, MO; and East Lansing, MI conducted a 2-year evaluation of 56 commercially available varieties of cereal […]

Evaluations of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Southeast Region

Farmers rely on the latest crop variety trials to make informed decisions on planting the best adapted crop variety to maximize yield given their soils and production practices. With the ever growing interest in planting cover crops, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Program initiated a nationwide study to identify adapted varieties of […]

Grazing Cover Crops to Avoid Soil Compaction

Two case studies evaluating impacts of grazing corn stalk residue with and without cover crops showed little to no effect on the following soybean and corn yields – even when increases in soil compaction were measured. Crop residue on the soil surface cushions the effects of treading hooves and acts like a sponge to absorb […]

Evaluations of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Northeast Region

Commodity crops are chosen to fit local climate and soil conditions, and producers select varieties of commodity crops carefully to maximize performance and returns. For the producer, variety selection is a dynamic process that takes advantage of the many options available when deciding which varietal attributes best meet their needs. When choosing cover crop varieties, […]

Reducing Soil Erosion with Rye Cover Crops

With adequate moisture for germination, rye grows rapidly in the fall, withstands the winter frost, and resumes growth in the spring. For best results, terminate 7-10 days before planting in the spring to reduce planting problems. Cereal rye helps to reduce water flow across the soil surface, anchors crop residue in place, and the cover […]