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Cover crop biomass collection

The only overwintering species in our cover crop study initiated in 2012 was our winter rye. A 2 ft. x 2 ft. area is harvested at ground level, dried and will be forwarded for laboratory analysis. We expect greater success with other cover crop species in 2013 as we push our planting dates earlier. Lots of planters parked near the sheds, but limited action so far.

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