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Planting Green Effects on Corn and Soybean Production

Compared to tilled soil, no-till soils are cooler and wetter, potentially delaying planting dates and seed germination. Despite the benefits of cover crops, no-till farmers that use CCs tend to delay main crop planting longer, especially in humid, temperate regions. Growers dedicated to no-till and cover cropping practices have started Planting Green (PG), which can extend the benefits from CCs. With higher grower interest and a lack of published research, this study evaluated PG in a range of conditions in Pennsylvania with the goal to quantify if PG can potentially help farmers manage soil moisture and slug pests, while maintaining crop yield compared crop yield with earlier CC termination.

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