Cover Crops Project

The MMPA Cover Crop Project is a collaboration between MMPA, Unilever and Barry-Callebaut to demonstrate what farmers are doing for soil health and carbon sequestration through cover crops.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement. Cover crops, which can include grasses, legumes, and forbs are used primarily for erosion control, soil health improvement, water quality improvement, and other conservation purposes.

Virtual Field Day

June 15 - 10:00 a.m.

MMPA is working with MSU Extension to present a Virtual Field Day that will feature six MMPA members in the Cover Crop Project to share their experience using cover crops and lessons learned. The field day will feature pre-recorded farm visits and interviews that include discussions on topics such as seed selection for forage and conventional cover crops, manure management, planting and harvesting methods, and the practical application of cover crops in a dairy crop rotation. A farmer and technical panel will be offered to answer questions from participants.

The Virtual Field Day will take place on June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Agenda

Welcome

Virtual Farm Tours & Live Presentations

Featured MMPA farms:

  • Gratiot County Farm: Wheat and oats cover crop with fall manure injected after corn silage to prevent erosion prior to sugar beets. Farmer designed air seeder for cover crop seeding.
  • Saginaw County Farm: Cereal rye cover crop with spring manure terminated with tillage to build soil and protect a nearby stream.
  • Mecosta County Farm: Cereal rye cover crop planted with spreader and tilled with spring manure application followed by tillage to build soil and fertility and prevent nutrient loss.
  • Ionia County Farm: Mixture of triticale, winter peas and tillage radish following manure application in the fall for forage harvest in the spring prior to corn silage.
  • Clinton County Farm: Fall planted triticale for spring forage followed by sorghum-sudangrass for summer forage prior to going to alfalfa to support forage needs and provide multiple opportunities for manure application.
  • Tuscola County Farm: Seven species cover crop mixture harvested in the fall and spring with manure application between harvests to prevent nutrient losses and contribute to forage requirements.

MMPA Cover Crop Project Presentation

  • Learn more about the program and how to participate.

Live presentations from MMPA project sponsors and partners

  • Unilever
  • Barry-Callebaut
  • Corn Marketing Program of Michigan

Panel discussion

  • Your questions will be answered by a panel of farmers; representatives from MMPA, Barry-Callebaut, Unilever, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan; and Michigan State University Extension Educators.

Project Partners

Social Responsbility - farm sustain-min
SocialResponsibility - milk donation-min

MMPA Sustainability Mission

To continually strive for a more sustainable future for our community, our environment, our economy’s health, and for the lives and world around us.