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Cover Crop Field Day at MU Bradford Research Center, May 17


Mike Burden
Senior Information Specialist
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri
Phone: 573-882-5919

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A roller crimper attachment used to manage cover crops.

Credit: University of Missouri

A variety of cover crops grow at Bradford Research Center near Columbia, Mo.

Credit: University of Missouri

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center will host a Cover Crop Field Day on Friday, May 17 from 1-4 p.m.

Researchers at the center have several ongoing projects examining the ability of cover crops to mitigate erosion, add nutrients to the soil, improve water infiltration and sequester greenhouse gases.

Cover crops are gaining in popularity in Missouri, but several questions remain about planting dates and conditions, and how to handle their residue prior to planting. Researchers will demonstrate six different types of closing wheels that can be used in planting into a heavy cover crop residue, and exhibit a roller/crimper and discuss its advantages and disadvantages. They’ll also explain how the cover crops were established and the successes and challenges that they encountered in 2012 and 2013.

Bradford Research Center is part of a network of research centers across Missouri, extending the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) research to more than 14,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. For directions to the center, call 573-884-7945, or visit the website at

CAFNR is changing the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we’ll face tomorrow. As the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, we are at the forefront of research and education, working toward global sustainability.