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Plants need to eat to live. Their food commonly comes in the form of fertilizer. But the plants rarely finish their dinner. Excess washes away, wasting time and money as well as causing environmental concerns. Scientists are looking within the plants themselves to unlock their natural abilities to more efficiently use nutrients.
Advanced line trials will be evaluated in 2019 for performance in a broader range of geographic areas as a step toward release of commercial cultivars adapted for us as cover crops.
In May 2017, the cover crop breeding network met to identify plant species and traits that would be evaluated and improved for use as cover crops across the U.S.
In addition to advanced line trials, sensor box validation trials were initiated in 2020 at each collaborator site to develop prediction models using height.
Forage cultivars that work well on the Great Plains, including rye, wheat, oat, clover, crabgrass, tall fescue and triticale, are now available!