Cover Crops

Grazing Cover Crop Field Day    –     Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hosted by Jim Campbell, Kearney NE

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    10:00 a.m.  Meet for at field for tour.   ¼ mile East of Hawk (N St) 130th Road
    Noon            Buffalo County Extension Room.   Lunch provided by Roberts Seed – Axtell
    RSVP to reserve your meal by September 15 at (308) 743-2565
      Discussions on:
    Field peas AS A CASH CROP- Strahinja Stepanovic, EE-UNL
    Economics- Del Ficke, Producer
    Cover Crop Mixes- Roberts Seed
    NRCS Cost Share Available- Teri Holt Edeal, CA-NRCS
    Fence/Water Demonstration- Jason Gross, High Plains Solutions


Green Cover Tour- 70 Cover Crops

A test plot of crimson clover at USDA NRCS Plant Material Center.

For those of you that could not make it our cover crop plot tour, we videotaped the plots and our explanations of the species growing and observations of how the cattle grazed the plots. The sound is a bit rough as the microphone was picking up a lot of wind that day, but if you are interested in seeing over 70 different cover crop species and hear the explanations from the comfort of your house, click this link.

Cover Crop Groundwater Impact Study

Two proposals were received for the study. The Lower Loup NRD and Central Platte NRD both recommended EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. of Lincoln, NE, to be awarded the bid in the amount of $320,000 to conduct a four-year study to determine the impacts on groundwater due to cover crop management.  Central Platte and Lower Loup NRDs will split the cost of the project and are seeking assistance to identify and develop grant applications to aid in funding the study. The Lower Loup Basin and Central Platte River Basin have diverse soil type and cropping practices that can affect both water quantity and water quality.  The proposal will develop and implement a study that will determine the general influence of cover crops on soil moisture, groundwater recharge, and movement of nitrate in the soil. The main geographic region for consideration is the Loup and Central Platte River Basins, more specifically, the area between the South Loup River and Wood River that has experienced groundwater declines.  The study will include both irrigated and dryland cropped fields and span multiple years.  Identification of landowners, mobilization, and installation of field equipment is scheduled this fall, with a final study report to be presented in March 2021.


A root that has been pulled of purple top turnip at USDA NRCS Plant Material Center.

This is a plot of cereal rye grass at the University of Missouri Extension Bradford Research Center.

Corn is coming up a month after being planted into cover crops at the Goodwater Research Farm.