Published Mar 8, 2019

Anita Dille – Cover Crops for Weed Control in Field Crops

By Practical Farmers of Iowa

Weed suppression is one of the benefits of including cover crops in your crop rotation sequence. Knowing when your weeds of concern emerge, and how they grow, helps inform when cover crops should be seeded and growing, and what crop species should be selected. Field experiments from across Kansas show that we can reduce weed density and weed size using cover crops as a substitute for one or more weed control practices.

Dr. Anita Dille is a professor of weed ecology at Kansas State University. Her research explores the biology of key weed species in Kansas and their interaction with crops and management practices in agricultural fields. This knowledge can help develop improved weed management practices.