Plant Early Kill Late – Extend the Green to Get More from Cover Crops
Sustainable Production
Field management Nutrient managementSoil healthTillageYield trials
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This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Raymond Weil, University of Maryland
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Brief Project Summary:

The overall aim of this research is to provide information that may help change the mindset about cover crop management just doing the minimum to qualify for payments to managing for maximum cover crop benefits for soil health and profitability. The objectives intend to document the benefits and/or problems of planting earlier and killing later, and develop and test strategies and technologies for establishing cover crops earlier, including airplane seeding, early maturing crop cultivars, and inter-seeding with ground equipment and letting them grow longer in spring, including planting green. Potential benefits include greater nutrient cycling, better weed suppression, more effective water-conserving and increased soil organic matter and biological activity.

Key Benefactors:
farmers, agronomists, Extension agents, NGOs

Information And Results
Final Project Results

The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.