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A 30-acre field at the Penn State Russel E. Larson Agronomy Research Farm began transition to certified organic production in 2012 for this project.
Cultivating soybeans in summer 2014.

Cultivating soybeans in summer 2014.

In the context of a corn silage - soybean - winter wheat crop rotation, we are investigating the effects of cover crop diversity on a suite of ecosystem services. Cover crops are established at two points in the 3-year crop rotation: after winter wheat and after corn silage. Selected cover crop treatments from the research station experiment are also undergoing further testing by farmer collaborators to learn more about performance and management constraints. These sites also serve as convenient locations for farmer learning network activities.

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This is a one-page summary of the activities of the project. Contact us if you have any questions!

Organic farmer collaborators in the “Cover Crop Cocktails” research project discuss why they plant cover crops and what are the benefits and challenges of incorporating cover crop mixtures.

Organic farmer collaborators in the “Cover Crop Cocktails” research project discuss why cover crop mixtures can be cost effective compared to monoculture cover crops.

Researchers from the “Cover Crop Cocktails” research project at Penn State highlight the main benefits that different cover crop mixtures (3, 4 and 6 species) can provide and how to design one.

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This plot map can give you a sense of the project layout at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.