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New Cover Crop Field Guide Released; Webinar Dec. 8
Kansas Ag Connection - 11/30/2021

Midwest farmers continue to discover the benefits of cover crops for soil health, erosion control and nutrient retention. From planting to termination, growers face many production decisions, however.

The Midwest Cover Crops Council, made up of representatives from 12 Midwest states -- Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota -- the province of Ontario, other agricultural stakeholders, universities and Extension, is releasing a new edition of the Cover Crops Field Guide. The popular pocket-size in-field reference helps growers effectively select, grow and use cover crops. Topics include cover crop selection, cropping system recommendations and effects of cover crops.

Updates to the guide include recommendations for cover crop termination in unfavorably wet springs and planting green into cover crops. The cover crop species section of the guide has also been expanded to include white clover, forage brassicas, balansa clover and several cover crops that are commonly used in a mix.

The third edition field guide will be available for purchase in early December. The guide will cost $6 and a 10% quantity discount is available on boxes of 25. Purchases can be made through Purdue University's Education Store at https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/.

The Midwest Cover Crops Council will hold a live, one-hour webinar on Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. ET to outline the updates and answer questions. Go to the Midwest Cover Crops Council website to register for the webinar or view a recorded version later. Attendees who pre-register at https://bit.ly/3o5gg5e will be eligible to receive a free copy of the new field guide after the webinar; limited quantities are available.

Cover crop information and resources are available at the websites for MSU Extension Cover Crops at http://www.canr.msu.edu/cover_crops/index and the Midwest Cover Crops Council at https://mccc.msu.edu/.


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