Cover Crop Variety Trial 2013-2014

Published Jan 14, 2014

In a Nutshell

Cover crop entries were hand seeded at locations into standing corn and soybeans and evaluated for fall ground cover, spring ground cover, and spring biomass production.

Key Findings

  • Cereal rye and mustard tended to produce the most amount of fall ground cover.
  • Sufficient rainfall following cover crop seeding is necessary for fall cover crop
    growth and overwintering potential.
  • Cereal rye was the only entry to successfully overwinter and produce spring growth and remains a strong cover crop candidate even in the face of a challenging winter.