Cover crops and SCN: What’s the connection?
Tue, Oct 7, 2014
By Greg Tylka, Iowa State Universi
There are two aspects of cover crops that relate to the biology and management of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The most immediate point of interest is whether the cover crop plants can serve as inadvertent hosts for the nematode. Of greatest concern would be leguminous plants used as cover crops because there are almost 100 different legume species reported to be hosts (support reproduction) of SCN. Read more
Cover Crops Field Guide for farmers expanded, updated
Wed, Sept 24, 2014
Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health now have an updated and expanded resource in the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide.
This is the second edition of the popular pocket-size in-field reference that helps farmers effectively select, grow and use cover crops in their farming systems. The pocket guide is produced by Purdue University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Read more
Remain Vigilant for Palmer Amaranth
Mon, Sept 22, 2014
by Aaron Hager, University of Illinois
Stiff, pointed bracts of a female
Accurate identification of weedy Amaranthus species during early vegetative stages can be difficult. However, identification of the various species becomes much more reliable when reproductive structures are present.
Before harvest begins, consider taking a few minutes to scout fields; at this time of year it is much easier to differentiate between Palmer amaranth and waterhemp plants. View photos