As Corn Belt states seek ways to curb nitrogen flow from farms into the Gulf of Mexico, new University of Illinois research adds evidence for winter cover crops as an important part of the solution. A simulation study published in Science of the Total Environment finds widespread planting of cereal rye in Illinois could reduce nitrate in the state’s tile drainage water by 30%.
Pennycress serves as viable alternative to traditional cover crops
Two-year study found no positive, or negative, impacts of integrated crop-livestock systems
Cover crops are an effective tool to keep nutrients on farmland during the winter season. Research reveals that planting the cover crops before harvesting cash crops could maximize their beneficial effects
Taking a systems approach can steadily improve soil health even with underground crops
Planting cover crops early helps them hold onto more excess nutrients. That’s good news for the polluted Chesapeake Bay
Common garden plant shows promise as valuable winter cover crop for sorghum and cotton growers in Southeastern U.S.
Research findings point to benefits of ‘planting green’
This drought and heat tolerant crop can provide nutrition, even when grown in harsh environments.
CoverCress, Inc., announced a new collaboration with the Salk Institute to improve plant yield, soil health and soil organic carbon storage in cover crops via cutting-edge technologies developed by the Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI).
Soybean yields decreased when planted after cereal rye