Several universities in Illinois are working to provide research information that farmers can utilize. The University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois State University, and Illinois Central College are actively involved in cover crops research. Projects range from variety trials for cereal rye, annual ryegrass, and legumes to cover crop influences on pest and disease suppression and nutrient retention. Also, there are many cover crop field days and programs around the state giving growers a first-hand look at cover crops and a chance to hear from those with cover crop experience.
Cover Crop Recipes
Recipe - Post Corn, Going to Soybean: Use Cereal Rye
Planting a cover crop ahead of a soybean cash crop is often the easiest way to introduce cover crops into your rotation.
Recipe - Post Corn, Going to Soybean: Use Oats/Radish
Planting cover crops prior to corn requires a different set of management considerations than planting them prior to soybean.