Rob Myers (North Central SARE, University of Missouri) reviews data from three years of a national SARE/CTIC cover crop survey, including yield and economic data, and gives examples of new equipment approaches from around the nation. He also provides a brief overview of the proposed $25 million National Soil Health Consortium, which includes funding for a cover crop breeding initiative.
Download the slide presentation (PDF): New Trends and Ideas for Cover Crops
This session was part of Cover Crops for Soil Health, a three-day professional development workshop hosted by Northeast SARE and Delaware State University in March 2016. All session recordings are available online.
Find more practical information about cover crops in the Cover Crops Topic Room.
Rob Myers has been adjunct faculty in the Plant Sciences Division at the University of Missouri since 2001, with primary appointment as Regional Director of Extension Programs for the North Central Region SARE program, and coordinator of the regional SARE Professional Development Program. He administers competitive grants and state funding for sustainable agriculture projects in 12 North Central states. His professional expertise encompasses sustainable agriculture, conservation, and cropping system diversification and he has conducted research and education programs with a number of alternative crops and cover crops. In 2013-14 he held a special appointment as Endowed Chair of Agricultural Systems through the University of Minnesota. He has contributed on national committees and councils addressing a number of federal research, education, and agriculture policy programs, including currently serving as Co-Chair of the National Working Group on Cover Crops and Soil Health.
Complete session recordings
- Overview of Cover Crop Developments Nationwide
- Cover Crop Planting Dates and Seeding Rates
- Cover Crop Cocktails
- Establishment Methods for Cover Crops and Cash Crops in Grain Production Systems
- Fitting Cover Crops in Vegetable Rotations
- Managing Cover Crops for Ecosystem Services in Vegetable Systems
- Cover Crops: Current and Future Directions
- Evaluating and Improving Cover Crop Performance and Adoption
- Cover Crops as Part of an Overall Nutrient Management System
- Managing Soil Health With Cover Crops: Beyond the Basics
- Cover Crop Field Tour Recap and Debrief
- Farmer Panel on Cover Crops