Successful Cover Crops ‒ From Seed Selection to Planting Techniques

Erin Hill, academic specialist in MSU’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, will focus on innovative management strategies to maximize biomass, determination of synergistic ratios of species in mixtures, soil health impacts for particular commodities and whole systems, and variety trials in cover crops. You’ll examine several types of equipment for interseeding and hear directly from other producers about their success and failures with different techniques. Karen Renner, professor in MSU’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, will also discuss her latest research on interseeding and plant competition. 

Erin Hill

Plant And Soil Sci
1066 Bogue St Room A480
East Lansing MI 48824 US
Phone: 517-353-0467
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Erin Hill has been an academic specialist in the MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences since 2015, with responsibilities as the cover crop specialist and the herbicide/weed diagnostician in Diagnostic Services. She previously served as a research assistant with the weed science group in the same department from 2006 to 2015. She completed her Ph.D. in crop and soil science at MSU in 2014, focusing on how cover crops affect nutrient cycling and weed pressure in organic dry bean systems. She earned an M.S. in horticulture in 2006, also from MSU, exploring the impacts of competition and allelopathy of hairy vetch and cowpea cover crops on weed communities in pickling cucumber. She earned a B.S. in plant biology from the University of Michigan in 2003. Erin has been a member of the Midwest Cover Crop Council since the inaugural meeting in 2006 and has served as the web administrator since the launch of MCCC.msu.edu in 2008. Her cover crop research and outreach foci include innovative management strategies to maximize biomass, determination of synergistic ratios of species in mixtures, soil health impacts for particular commodities and whole systems, and variety trials. 

Session assistant:

Karen Renner Ph.D.

Professor
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue St., Room A482 
East Lansing, MI 48824
Michigan State University Weed Science Website
Phone: 353-0233
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)