Mulch Cropping

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Mulch Cropping Field Day 2016

Using a Crimper to Provide Mulch and Drilling Beans into Crimped Triticale

Sunday, May 15
Roh Farm, Abie, Nebraska


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln hosted a Mulch Cropping Field Day May 15. The field tour took place at the Roh farm, a half mile west of Abie, Nebraska, then proceeded to plots next to the old grain elevator in Abie. Participants witnessed the first use of an aggressive crimper designed by UNL students to stop triticale growth at the flowering stage and roll the triticale down to form a weed-suppressive mulch. At the Roh farm, green beans were immediately planted into the triticale mulch.

Last year, 30 early-flowering, high-biomass triticale lines were screened on the nearby Stanislav farm. Seven of the best lines were planted last fall in replicated plots on the Roh and Stanislav and nearby Fendrich farms. The plan is to drill beans into standing triticale a week before the crimper demonstration and into adjacent strips on the day of crimping. Participants are welcome to visit the Stanislav plots three miles north of Abie, following the crimper demonstration, to view soybeans planted into the standing triticale. Dates for crimping at the Stanislav and Fendrich farms and for evaluating the effectiveness of the crimper will be discussed during the field day.

For more information, please contact Rich Little at 402-805-7482.

Testing New Crimper on Rye

Mulch Cropping Field Day Follow Up 2015

Using Triticale as a Mulch Crop for Soybeans

May 21, 2015
Stanislav Farm, Abie, Nebraska

The field tour was held at the Stanislav farm two miles north of Abie, Nebraska. Early-maturing triticale will be used for weed suppression for a subsequent soybean crop. Participants evaluated 30 UNL experimental lines of triticale for biomass and weed suppression. Triticale was crimped following evaluation.

Field Day Presentations

Crimping Evaluation

Preliminary crimping evaluation

Triticale Mulch with Soybeans

Final Evaluation of Triticale Lines

mulch cropping field day


UNL Mulch Cropping Photos

Contact Rich LittleResearch Technologist II

UNL, Keim 360
Lincoln, NE 68583-0915

Rich Little