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Cover Crop Research Update
Below is the list 8 cooperators who are participating in the joint NGLC and Nebraska Extension Cover Crop Research Project. Listed under each cooperator is the particular mix(es) being planted at their location.
Maddux Cattle Company - Imperial, NE
Cover crop was planted August 14th with the hopes of utilizing weaned calves to graze the cover crop for a week at the end of October depending upon the production.
Mix: Spring Oats, Triticale, Nitro Radish, Purple Top Turnip, Impact Forage Collards, and Sunflower
Jerry Glaser - Spalding, NE
Cover crop was planted with two different methods: flying seed on and drilling. Jerry plans to graze pairs and yearlings as late in the winter as he can depending upon the production.
Mix 1: Non GMO Soybeans, Mung Beans, Cowpeas, Pearl Millet, Grazing Corn, Sunflower, Okra, Squash, and BuckwheatJ
Mix 2: Non GMO Soybeans, Cowpeas, Pearl Millet, Grazing Corn, Dwarf BMR Sorghum, Purple Top Turnip, Diakon Radish, Sunflower, Okra, Squash, and Buckwheat
Mix 3: Crimson Clover, Annual Ryegrass, Purple Top Turnip, and Impact Forage Collards
Jim Choquette - Bladen, NE
Jim hopes to graze his cover crop with weaned calves turned out in mid-October to early November.
Mix: Cowpeas, Sunn Hemp, Grazing Corn, Dwarf BMR Sorghum, Spring Oats, Sunflower, Buckwheat, Okra, and Squash
Patrick Peterson - Gordon, NE
Patrick plans to graze 240 pairs from around September 7th-10th and be out by September 15th.
Mix: Soybeans, Cowpeas, Mung Beans, Pearl Millet, Grazing Corn, Sunflower, Okra, and Squash
Rod Christen -
Seed was planted used both the flying on and drilling methods. Rod plans to use his cover crop for winter forage with a tentative Novemeber 1st turnout. Heifers, pairs, yearlings, and possibly some grass finished cattle will graze this particular cover crop mixes.
Mix 1: Cow Peas, BMR Sorghum, Pearl Millet, Purple Top Turnip, Collards, Diakon Radish, Sunflower, Okra, Squash, and Buckwheat
Mix 2: Annual Rye Grass, Purple Top Turnip, Collards, and Diakon Radish
Ryan Sexon -Nenzel, NE
Ryan's goal was to plant this cover crop mix in a rangeland of low production with the hopes of increasing the carrying compacity. November 1st is the tentative turnout date with the goal of grazing through Thanksgiving. Depending on the production value of the cover crop, Ryan hopes to graze pairs or maybe even wean on the covercrop.
Mix: Hairy Vetch, Winter Triticale, Black Oats, Collards, and Kale
Tim and Chris Kalkowski - Lincoln, NE
This cover crop was planted the first part of September due to chemical problems, thus black oats and flax could only be planted due to chemical restrictions. The Kalkowski's hope to turn out 200 head during mid February to calve on the pivot from March to May and supplemental hay will be provided as needed.
Mix: Black Oats and Flax
Vern and Brock Terrel - Hay Springs, NE
The first cover crop was grazed and then the pivot was seeded back to tye for another stand to be grazed by weaned calves in mid-October. This pivot will be split into thirds for grazing.
Mix: Pearl Millet, Purple Top Turnip, Daikon Radish, and Rape Seed.
Soil Health and Water Conservation Through Grazing Cover Crops
Lincoln, NE – April 25, 2016 –Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition announced today that it will receive $99,066.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Soil Health and Water Conservation Through Grazing Cover Crops” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 7, 2016 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $99,066.00 and $99,066.00 respectively. The project is one of the 118 projects receiving $18,799,900 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 69 were new applications and 49 are carry-over projects.
Based on the theory of “Teach a man to fish,” this project focuses on grazing cover crops on highly erosive row crop acres that are part of routine row crop plant rotations and/or targeted for reseeding to pasture and range grasses for grazing purposes. On row crop acres that are part of routine crop rotations, grazing cover crops enhances soil health and conserves water through reduced wind and rain erosion. On row crop acres targeted for cool season or native grass reestablishment, the use of cover crops is a logical first step to enhance soil health. This is a three-year project, with the goal of conducting a cover crop grazing demonstration each year in each of the eight NGLC districts statewide. However, the scope of the Soil Health and Water Conservation Through Grazing Cover Crops Project has potential for greater awareness of the importance of soil health and water conservation throughout Nebraska.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $250 million in grants to more than 1,900 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.
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