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NRD Update, August 29, 2017

Have you decided what you’re doing with your ground after harvest? Have you considered planting cover crops?

Results from local demonstration projects have shown that there are several types of cover crop mixes that benefit soil health through improvement in ground compaction, infiltration, biological activity and organic matter.

The Central Platte and Lower Loup NRDs recently approved a four-year study to determine the impacts on groundwater due to cover crop management.  The Lower Loup Basin and Central Platte River Basin have diverse soil types and cropping practices that can affect both water quantity and water quality.  The study will determine the general influence of cover crops on soil moisture, groundwater recharge, and movement of nitrate in the soil; and will include both irrigated and dryland cropped fields and span multiple years.  A final study report will be completed in the spring of 2021.

If you are considering planting cover crops, technicians from the NRCS and UNL Extension offices can address concerns such as:

-which mix provides the highest quality forage for grazing and

-how much crop usable nitrogen can be expected,

For more information on how cover crops would benefit your operation, contact your local USDA-NaturalResources Conservation Service office or your local UNL extension office.
You may also visit the Central Platte NRD website at: for more cover crop information.

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