Cover Cropping in Upper Midwestern Organic Farming Systems – Erin Silva

Weed control in organic soybeans is notoriously diffcult. Clean tilled soybeans work in dry years and are a disaster in wet years. Cover crop mulches provide an alternative that is cheaper and provides greater management fexibility. Unfortunately, these successes do not hold for corn and cotton. Come and learn what works with cover crop mulches and the many ways in which you can fail. Additional highlights include: (1) Nitrogen rotation through legume cover crops as a key aspect of organic cash grain production; (2) Innovative strategies such as interseeding and organic no-till as options to expand cover crop opportunities and niches; (3) Ideas as to how to ft cover crops, particularly legumes, into the farm systems.

This presentation is part of the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Slide presentations and additional conference information is available at

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