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Cover Crop Field Day at NDSU Campus in Fargo
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/11/2018

Cover crop use, the benefits of cover crops, and how they can be used as part of an interseeding system in corn and soybeans will be the focus of a North Dakota State University Extension field day Sept. 18. The field day will be at the NDSU campus research plots 0.4 mile west of the corner of 18th Street and 15th Avenue North in Fargo. The sessions begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

The event will highlight 20 different cover crop species and how they can be incorporated into a farming operation or used for fall grazing.

Other topics presenters will discuss are the benefits and challenges of cover crops, forage sorghum and grazing mixtures, and the results of seeding timing and the rate of rye and camelina seeded into standing soybeans. The tour also includes viewing interseeding equipment.

In addition, participants will visit the field research plots near Hickson, N.D., by bus. Stops include a research area with cover crop interseeded into corn and a research site investigating the effect of fall-seeded cover crops on the currently grown corn and sugar beet crops.

After lunch, researchers will present results of interseeding camelina and pennycress in corn and soybeans. The program will conclude with a panel discussion, which will include a question-and-answer session.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Go to https://goo.gl/forms/QsGm0k14UTTXNOlF3 to register online. For more information about the field day and preliminary research results, visit the project's website at https://www.cropsyscap.org/ .

This field day is part of the outreach effort associated with a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded to North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station scientists (, "CropSys - A novel management approach to increase productivity, resilience, and long-term sustainability of cropping systems in the northern Great Plains"). The grant research aims to study how cover crops can increase the resiliency and productivity of crops such as corn and soybeans, and improve soil health and land use efficiency.

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