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1 Cover Crops of Kansas Presentation by James Hartshorn Kansas State University

2 Benefits of cover crops Decreased erosion Increased plant residue Pictured: Canola

3 Benefits of Cover Crops Weed suppression (control) Extensive rooting systems Loosening and aerating soil Crop diversity Pictured: Sudangrass

4 Benefits of Cover Crops Picture: Cowpea Increased Nutrient Cycles Nitrogen (N) (Legumes) Potassium (K) Phosphorus (P)

5 Mixing cover crops (legumes and grasses) allows for benefits of both types. Fall cover (grasses) Spring cover (legumes) High nutrient cycles Pictured: Sweet clover & wheat Cover Crop Practices

6 Cover Crop Limitations Pictured: Soybeans Insect infestation in cover crop Water consumption in dry areas

7 Cover Crop Limitations Economics Added expense of labor and time Benefits of the cover crop must out weigh the added costs Pictured: Grain Sorghum

8 Cover Crops of Kansas


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