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Find out which cover crops can be planted behind specific herbicides.

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

August 18, 2016

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If you are preparing to seed cover crops this fall, you may want to consider which herbicides were applied and when before making final species selection for each field.

Penn State University Extension weed scientists have put together the most comprehensive list available to date of recommendations for what to expect if you plant specific cover crops following certain herbicides.

Other factors come into play, such as the rate of herbicide applied and the length of time between application and seeding date of the cover crop.

However, this table is an excellent starting point.  Find it in one of two ways:


Google it: Simply Google ‘Penn State cover crop herbicide carryover. The table should be in the top few choices that appear.

Go direct to the site: The URL is long:

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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