What is the ideal planting datefor a clover cover crop?University of Illinois Extension Educator, Nathan Johanning, provides an update from theBelleville Research Center–recorded on May 26th. He walks through the trial site and explains the outcomes between the October and November planting dates of balansa clover and crimson clover. Cover crops are an important tool in preserving and increasing soil productivity, stewarding water resources, suppressing weeds, and retaining nutrients. However, planting cover crops coincides with the busy harvest season.Results of this trialwill givefarmers better guidance on planting dates and optimum cover crop species for their soybean–corn rotations.Johanning’s research project is funded by the Illinois Soybean Association check–off program. To learn more, visit Johanning’s research page on ILSoyAdvisor.com.
Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Coordinator 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.