Louisiana Agriculture Fall 2020. Volume 63, No. 4.

Louisiana Agriculture Magazine Fall 2020

Cover Crop Infographic

The centuries-old practice of using cover crops to protect the soil in between harvest and planting is being re-examined with modern-day scientific tools to see what benefits it can offer for protection of our environment and the sustainability of agriculture. LSU AgCenter scientists are on the front lines of this research, and the fall 2020 issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine is a compilation of the results they are finding so far.

futlzjpgProviding Tools for Productivity and Sustainability

Lisa M. Fultz

Soil losses in agricultural fields can be reduced through the use of cover crops, which provide protections and other benefits.

tubana_plantingdatejpgPlanting Date Effect on Cover Crops Biomass Yield and Nutrient Turnover

Brenda Tubaña, Barbara Campos, Daniel Forestieri and Jose Mite

The positive effects of cover crops depend on how much biomass they produce. The right planting period gives cover crops a head start.

tubana_sensorjpgSensor-Based Prediction of Cover Crops Biomass and Nutrient Recovery

Brenda Tubaña, Hector Fajardo and Daniel Forestieri

The nutrient composition and the amount of cover-crop biomass are essential information for evaluating soil fertility benefit from using cover crops.

tubana_covercroppingjpgCover Cropping Enriches Soil

Brenda Tubaña, Daniel Forestieri, Lisa M. Fultz and Jose Mite

LSU AgCenter researchers are studying the extent to which cover crops can enrich soil nutrient composition.

gentryjpgDo Winter Cover Crop Seeding Rates and Soil Type Impact Soybean Production?

Donna S. Gentry and Lisa M. Fultz

The potential for improved soil health and crop production have renewed producer interest in the use of cover crops.

peveto_covercropcombackjpgCover Crop Comeback

Kyle Peveto

Cover cropping, a centuries-old practice gaining renewed interest, has the potential to improve sustainability in agriculture and make soil more stable.

orgeronjpgCan Sugarcane Production Be Improved with Cover Crops?

Albert J. Orgeron, Kenneth Gravois and Paul White

Several cover crop options available to Louisiana sugarcane farmers can minimize erosion, provide additional income and improve soil health.

copesjpgUtility of Zidua (Pyroxasulfone) Herbicide in Winter Cover Crop Weed Management

Josh Copes, Donnie Miller, Daniel Stephenson, Syam Dodla, Owen Clark and Melanie Nettervile

LSU AgCenter researchers have demonstrated the effectiveness of applying a soil residual herbicide in late October to early November to manage winter weeds.

brownjpgEffect of Cover Crop and Seed Treatment on Stand Establishment in Corn, Cotton and Soybeans

Sebe Brown, Trey Price, Tyler Towles, Renada Davis, Myra Purvis, Karla Emfinger, Wade Walker and Dustin Ezell

LSU AgCenter researchers are studying the use of seed treatments to reduce the potential for disease development when cover cropping a field.

adusumillijpgCover Crop Economics: Analysis from Studies across Louisiana

Naveen Adusumilli and Hua Wang

LSU AgCenter economists present net return estimates of cover crops and conservation tillage use as evaluated in recent studies.

jeongjpgImpact of Cover Crop Residue Management on Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Louisiana

Changyoon Jeong, James Hendrix, Josh Copes and Lisa M. Fultz

LSU AgCenter scientists are studying the effects of cover crop residue management on greenhouse gas emissions.

iamjud_nitrogeninputjpgHow Cover Crops Produce Nitrogen Input and Improve Soil Health

Kritsanee Iamjud and Lisa M. Fultz

This research showed how legume cover crops can increase corn yield.

Iamjud_cropdegradationjpgCover Crop Degradation and Nitrogen Availability for the Subsequent Cash Crops

Kritsanee Iamjud and Lisa M. Fultz

LSU AgCenter scientists are studying cover crop biomass degradation and the release of nitrogen and other nutrients.

walshjpgPlanting Seeds for Sustainable Agriculture in Science Class

Maud Walsh and Jennifer Irving

LSU AgCenter scientists conducted a five-day workshop to help middle and high school teachers learn about sustainable agriculture.

negretejpgRESEARCH BRIEF: Effects of Cover Crops on Soil Health in Pasture Harvesting

P. Carolina Muela Negrete and Lisa M. Fultz

LSU AgCenter scientists studied the over-seeding of cool-season cover crops on warm-season pastures to determine effects on soil health.

bridges_researchbriefwinterannualsjpgRESEARCH BRIEF: Effects of a Diverse Mix of Winter Annuals in Perennial Warm-Season Pastures

Pasture management incorporating annual and perennial forages and rotational grazing can result in relatively high organic matter and active soil biology.

alisonjpgRESEARCH BRIEF: Overseeding Daikon Radish in Warm Season Perennial Grass Shows Little Benefit

LSU AgCenter scientists are studying use of the daikon radish cover crop to reduce soil compaction in pastures.

facultyprofilejpgFACULTY PROFILE: Lisa Fultz Promotes Soil Health to Help Farming and the Environment

Associate Professor Lisa Fultz has dedicated her career to improving soil to grow high-quality crops and protect the environment.

COAjpgLSU College of Agriculture News for Fall 2020

Hampton completes virtual internship with BASF; Sak gets grant to study birds; Fish course taught virtually; New assistantships for fall 2021

agcenterjpgLSU AgCenter News for Fall 2020

New Orleans 4-H’ers learn valuable skills during pandemic; Displaced Lake Charles business finds home at Food Incubator; Goat producers learn to become ‘masters’

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