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Cover Crops

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Cover crops enhance manure application
By Natlie Rector
Some say cover crops are a relic of the horse-and-buggy days of agriculture. But a well-established cover crop can turn nutrients into cash by tying up precious nitrogen until spring, when a new crop is ready to use it. Read entire article.

Frost-seeding red clover recycles nutrients into soil
By Natalie Rector
Does manure nutrient recycling, free nitrogen, a lower risk of manure runoff and improved soil quality all done with one simple practice sound interesting? Try frost-seeding red clover into wheat. Read entire article from Michigan Farmer.

Cover Crops, Always a good idea!
Surface applied manure that is not incorporated may be vulnerable to runoff. Rain or snow-melt may relocate the manure, sometimes months after application, where it could pond or reach surface waters. Cover crops are particularly beneficial on fields receiving manure between harvest and spring. Read entire article

Manure Slurry-enriched Seeding of Biosuppressive Cover Crops
The development of cropping systems that reduce tillage intensity, increase the use of cover crops and make efficient use of manure can protect the environment and improve soil quality in many ways. Low-disturbance tillage and soil conservation practices that stabilize soil will keep manure in place and protect water quality. Read entire article

Efficient, Sustainable and Environmentally Sensitive Land Application of Manure
Management practices that capture land-applied manure in the root zone will make the nutrients available for the next crop, improve soil quality, and prevent sediment and nutrient loss in runoff. Read entire article

Consider Aerial Seeding Winter Cover Crops Ahead of Manure Applications
Farmers who invest some time and thought to plant a winter cover crop now can reap the rewards well into the next growing season. Aerial seeding a cover into a standing silage, corn or soybean crop can be a good option for improving… Read entire article

Stabilizing Nutrient-rich Farm Land with Slurry-enriched
Seeding of Cover Crops after Corn Silage
Dairy and livestock farmers face considerable economic and environmental challenges as they prepare for the future. Over the last several years many farmers have adopted low-disturbance tillage and soil conservation practices that improve profitability. Read entire article

Related Links
MSUE Cover Crop Bulletin
MSU Cover Crop Web site