North Dakota

Researchers from North Dakota State University and the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan are investigating agronomic, environmental, and economic impacts of cover crops in ND’s semi-arid cropping systems.  Dr. Berti of NDSU was recently awarded a USDA grant to investigate “A novel management approach to increase productivity, resilience, and long-term sustainability of cropping systems in the northern Great Plains”. We are evaluating the influence of root crops, warm and cool season grasses, warm and cool season legumes, and non-mycorrhizal and mycorrhizal broadleaf species as cover crops planted individually and in mixtures.  Research is also being conducted on cover crop termination techniques and intercropping methods of establishing cash crops into cover crops.  Our initial interest in cover crop research was motivated by the work of ND farmers who turned to cover crops as a way to retain soil moisture, build soil structure, protect against soil erosion, reduce chemical inputs, and enhance nutrient cycling on their farms.

North Dakota Cover Crop Recipe – Starting with Cover Crops
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Various agencies provide cover crop services at a local level. These resources can help with technical support and answer questions from a local perspective at no cost.

North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Find your local NRCS Field Service Center

North Dakota State University Extension

Find your County NDSU Extension Office

North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts

Find your County Conservation District

Feel free to contact your MCCC state representative for local questions and recommendations. Your MCCC state representative's contact information can be found on the State Contacts tab.

MCCC State Contact

Marisol Berti, Professor
North Dakota State University
Loftsgard Hall 270A
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-6110
Click here to visit Dr. Berti's NDSU website.

Other Contacts

Abbey Wick
Assistant Professor of Soil Health-Extension
239 Walster Hall, Box 6050
Phone: 701-850-6458
Fax: 701-231-7861

Mark A Liebig
Research Soil Scientist
1701 10th Ave. SW
PO BOox459
Mandan , ND 58554
Phone: 701 667-3079

North Dakota State University – Variety Trial Results

2016 Here are the latest Variety Trial Results from around North Dakota Scroll through the pages or search to find the cover/cash crop of interest Show more