Navigating cover crop planting during a busy harvest can present many challenges. University of Illinois Extension Educator, Nathan Johanning, has been researching cover crop planting dates and seeding rates through a funded project with the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program.
In this video filmed at the Belleville Research Center, he provides insights into planting date and seeding rates for cereal rye cover crop before soybeans. Nathan walks through each plot, and concludes that an early planting date, even at the lowest seeding rate, can yield high biomass.
Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days.
A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.