As fall arrives, farmers turn to harvest. Once the dust settles, some fields lay bare while others show signs of life heading into winter. We talk with Kevin Shelley of UW-Madison’s Nutrient and Pest Management program and Scott Carlson, a farmer in northwestern Wisconsin, about the benefits, challenges, and choices of planting winter cover crops.
In this, the first episode of Field Notes, we dive headlong into the practice of interseeding cover crops into standing corn, a practice becoming more popular in Wisconsin.
September 22, 2021 12:30-1:30 pm Local Update Michael (Mike) Ballweg, Extension Crops and Soils Agent Cropping Systems and Practices that Build Soil Carbon Randy Jackson, UW-Madison Agronomy Professor Setting Up the Winter Wheat Crop for Success Shawn Conley, UW-Madison Extension Soybean & Small Grain Specialist
September 8, 2021 12:30-1:30 pm Local Update Kimberly Schmidt, Extension Shawano County Agriculture Educator Are nitrate inhibitors beneficial? Carrie Laboski, UW-Madison Extension Soil Specialist Cover Crops that Best Scavenge N for Water Quality Jamie Patton, Senior Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison NPM Program
Soil health is something we hear a lot about these days. Cover crops, soil health tests, diversity in crop rotations, and reduced compaction are all ways to improve soil health. While it is true, cover crops and diverse rotations can improve soil health and tests to measure progress are good, there is some low hanging fruit that farmers may be missing when it comes to improving soil health.
Resources from the May 26, 2021 webinar.
Resources from the April 28, 2021 webinar.
Resources from the April 14, 2021 webinar.
Learn about the benefits of incorporating legume cover crops after winter wheat in a crop rotation.
Learn about cover crop termination timing, residual herbicides, and yield through research being conduction at UW-Madison that investigates the impact of fall-seeded cereal rye cover crops on weed control in corn and soybean fields in Wisconsin.
Learn about the crop rotation benefit of including a small grain, variety selection, planting guidelines, and nutrient and pest management practices.