Interseeding Cover Crops Into Early Vegetative Stage Corn
Cover crops (CC) have the potential to improve soil health and sustainability of cropping operations. In corn systems it is difficult to incorporate cover crops due to the short growing windows before planting and after harvest. Having the cover crop establish while the corn is growing may be an option to increase the CC biomass and the potential benefits.This project seeks to evaluate the impacts of interseeding red clover and annual ryegrass cover crops on soil health parameters, nutrient availability and yield. This project will also evaluate cattle performance when grazing corn residue with these CC in the fall and determine the economic impacts of interseeding cover crops with and without grazing. It will allow us to gain new knowledge of integrated management impacts on soil health, crop and cattle productivity and farm profitability.