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UK researchers work to advance cover crop-based con-till systems

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University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers Erin Haramoto and Hanna Poffenbarger are part of an international group of scientists working to enhance the effectiveness of cover crop-based conservation tillage systems to create more sustainable agriculture production. The five-year, $10 million project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative and led ... Read More »

Multi-state study examines how cover crops termination affects plant pests

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A multi-state experiment that recently received a major grant will examine how planting cover crops on farm fields affects plant disease, pests and weeds. Alison Robertson, a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State University, will lead a portion of the experiments as part of a much larger project awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department ... Read More »

Corn Yield Losses On Fallow Fields Offset By Fungi On Cover Crop Roots

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A cover crop planted this fall on land flooded without a crop this year does more than control erosion and weeds. Fall-seeded cover crops can boost corn yields next season. A beneficial soil-borne fungus in healthy soil needs roots to survive in fallow years. Without the micro-fungus, fallow field syndrome could cut corn yields next season, says Greg Luce, University ... Read More »