Webcast highlights cover crops’ role in weed management

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Different cover crop species require different management and termination—photo courtesy University of Tennessee

The use of cover crops in corn, cotton and soybean production systems has become more popular in recent years, in part for its ability to reduce weed coverage.

The non-profit Plant Management Network has released an online presentation titled, “A Review of the Effects of Various Cover Crop Species on Winter and Summer Annual Weed Emergence,” to help professionals understand the benefits and limitations of using cover crops to manage weeds.

The webcast, developed by Kevin Bradley, associate professor at the University of Missouri, provides information about:

• The effectiveness of cover crops on weed emergence,
• Selecting a suitable cover crop based on your control needs,
• Accumulating and sustaining biomass throughout the offseason and
• Optimizing the timing of termination before planting.

The 23-minute, fully open access presentation is located on the Focus on Soybean website.

The Plant Management Network is a collaborative effort of the American Phytopathological Society, the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.

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