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NDSU Extension Cover Crop Field Day (08/16/18)

The North Dakota State University Extension Service will be having a field day on August 28 focusing on the benefits of cover crops in the farming system, including utilization of cover crops as forage.

NDSU Extension Cover Crop Field Day

The North Dakota State University Extension Service will be having a field day on August 28 focusing on the benefits of cover crops in the farming system, including utilization of cover crops as forage. The full day of educational sessions and tours will be held at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge (near Rutland), 9953 141st Ave. SE in Havana, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

Participants will visit the field research and demonstration plots on a nearby farm. Field stops will highlight nutrient release from previous cover crop in this year’s corn, cover crop selection on land with residual herbicide and weed control options, bio-strip till with radish following wheat harvest, and practices to effectively manage soil moisture.

Cover crop use is becoming more common in the Dakotas, but cover crop incorporation such as winter camelina and rye in corn and soybean in North Dakota is still a newer concept. Other cover crops with potential in the farming systems are also being tested at various locations in North Dakota.

Participating in this educational event field will provide growers an opportunity to learn about the research near Rutland and to see how cover crops have a place on a working farm when grown on a large-field scale. Interacting with other participants is also a great way to gain insights in the utilization of cover crops and building the soil quality.

The afternoon educational sessions will include information on alternative uses for cover crops including forage opportunities and fine tuning cover crop management in soybean and corn.

Lunch is provided, and registration is highly encouraged on the NDSU Soil Health webpage, under the events tab, NDSU.edu/soilhealth.

This field day is part of the outreach effort associated with a grant the U.S. Department of Agriculture (NIFA) awarded to North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station scientists. The grant is being used to study how cover crops can increase the resilience and productivity of crops such as corn and soybeans, improve soil health, and land use efficiency. More information about the research and preliminary results can be accessed at the project’s web site at https://www.cropsyscap.org/

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Abbey Wick

 NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist

 

 Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

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