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.
Lisa M. Fultz
Soil losses in agricultural fields can be reduced through the use of cover crops, which provide protections and other benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cover cropping, a centuries-old practice gaining renewed interest, has the potential to improve sustainability in agriculture and make soil more stable.
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.
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.
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.
Naveen Adusumilli and Hua Wang
LSU AgCenter economists present net return estimates of cover crops and conservation tillage use as evaluated in recent studies.
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.
Kritsanee Iamjud and Lisa M. Fultz
This research showed how legume cover crops can increase corn yield.
Kritsanee Iamjud and Lisa M. Fultz
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying cover crop biomass degradation and the release of nitrogen and other nutrients.
Maud Walsh and Jennifer Irving
LSU AgCenter scientists conducted a five-day workshop to help middle and high school teachers learn about sustainable agriculture.
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.
Pasture management incorporating annual and perennial forages and rotational grazing can result in relatively high organic matter and active soil biology.
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying use of the daikon radish cover crop to reduce soil compaction in pastures.
Associate Professor Lisa Fultz has dedicated her career to improving soil to grow high-quality crops and protect the environment.
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