Division of Ag rolls out first of cover crop infographic series

Division of Ag rolls out first of cover crop infographic series

New series fact sheets to help growers with cover crop decisions; growers need to decide fate of winter cover crops with spring planting looming

U of A System Division of Agriculture FAYETTEVILLE — As spring planting approaches, so is the time to deal with winter cover crops. This spring, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is rolling out a series of infographics to help cover crop users with their decision-making. “More Arkansas growers are using or considering use of cover crops as a sustainable practice to enhance their soil quality,” said Trent Roberts, associate professor and soil scientist for the Division of Agriculture. “New series of infographics aims to help producers better prepare for cover crop and cash crop management.”

Roberts said “cover crop termination and burndown is the first step in preparing for this season's cash crop, so the first tool we have is a helpful checklist of what to look for and what to avoid to help improve your chances of success.”

Future infographics will focus on cash-crop planting into high residue cover crops and other cover crop related topics throughout the year, he said.

For more information on soil health, cover crops or other sustainable practices, contact your county extension office, or visit www.uaex.edu or http://Arkansascrops.com.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation's historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Mary Hightower