Activities and research
To be added to the Minnesota Cover Crop Listserv email Jill Sackett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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M. Scott Wells is an Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is the newly hired forage and cropping systems extension agronomist. Recently, Scott completed his PhD at North Carolina State University researching weed suppression mechanisms of roller-crimped cover crops in organic corn and soybean systems. His current research program focuses on improving the yield and quality of forage production systems including alfalfa, warm and cool season grasses, and small grains, along with employing a systems approach to improving the both the economical and environmental sustainability of corn and soybean production in Minnesota. Current projects include emergency forages, alfalfa management, double cropping forages and small grains, establishment of cover crops in corn and soybean systems, and assessing the water and soil quality impacts of cover crops, crop rotation and perennial based production systems.
Other important contacts in the state
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Read more about Julie's research here.
Carl Rosen is an Extension Soil Scientist with primary responsibilities in nutrient management for horticultural crops. His interest in cover crops for potato production has implications for both disease and nutrient management.
Read more about Carl's research here.
Cover crops have been part of Sackett's Extension work since she began with the University of Minnesota in 2008. The primary impetus behind the development of her Cover Crop Program was her involvement in the NCR-SARE cover crop project that Practical Farmers of Iowa and Rural Advantage administered from 2009-2012. In 2011, Sackett organized a group of Minnesotans experienced in cover crops and worked with members of the Midwest Cover Crop Council to develop the Minnesota Cover Crop Decision Tool. She regularly hosts or co-hosts cover crop events around Minnesota which include both workshops and field days. Sackett also presents on various cover crop topics at events hosted by others. News media has played a role in Sackett's cover crop efforts as well. She has done newspaper, radio, and television interviews on the subject of cover crops and written numerous articles.
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Dr. Wyse is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, and Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches and does research in weed biology and ecology, biological weed management, agroecology, and perennial crop breeding. His overall research focus has been on the development of multifunctional cropping systems that produce ecosystem services, are highly productive, and economically viable. Specific research areas have included the design of cropping systems that provide continuous living cover and the evaluation of their impact on soil erosion, nutrient, and water management; impact of cropping systems on management of invasive species; use of cover crops to develop no-tillage organic grain and vegetable cropping systems; breeding of perennial grasses, perennial sunflower, and perennial flax; breeding and selection of hairy vetch and mustard species as cover crops.
The focus at Minnesota Department of Agriculture is a farmer first approach. Mark Zumwinkle and Adam Herges work directly with creative farmers to push new cropping systems that simultaneously improve environmental quality and profitability. They often cooperate directly with the University of Minnesota researchers to add rigor to the on-farm work.
For more details on the work Mark and Adam are doing please click here.
Rural Advantage is a nonprofit organization, located in south central Minnesota, with the mission to promote the connections between agriculture, the environment and rural communities in order to improve ecological health, economic viability and rural vitality.
Read more about Rural Advantage here.
Links to state specific literature
University of Minnesota links
University of Minnesota Extension- Cover Crop Resources. March 2014.
Prevented Plant: Cover Crop Options- Fact Sheet. April 2013.
An NCR-SARE Cover Crop Project: Farmer-cooperator motivation and agronomic practices. Poster. University of Minnesota Extension Program Conference. Duluth, MN. October 7, 2013.
An NCR-SARE Cover Crop Project: Farmer-cooperator motivation and agronomic practices. Article. J. NACAA. 6(2).
Use of Green Manure Cover Crops Improves Disease Management MN Vegetable IPM Newsletter Vol 4 No. 5 Research Update: June 8, 2007.
Oraganic Ecology - Information, education and announcements about organic ecology research and outreach
Are you covered? Stop soil erosion on canning and row crop acres. by Mark Zumwinkle (MDA)
Using Cover Crops (Dowling Community Garden)
Cover Crops – A new look at an old practice (p. 13) by Robin Martinek (NRCS State Agronomist)
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