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What is CoverCress?

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What is CoverCress?

CoverCress is a new oilseed crop grown over winter between normal full season corn and soybeans. It acts like a cover crop while also producing oil and high protein feed that can fit markets similar to canola. CoverCress was developed from pennycress.

Native pennycress grain has high levels of erucic, fiber and sinigrin, which are compounds that limit the oil and meal use, but we have developed varieties that have a new composition and make CoverCress a brand new crop for the American Midwest, without the limitations that native pennycress has.

Traditional cover crops are planted but not harvested. They are grown to protect and improve the soil. CoverCress is both a cover crop and a productive crop, combining soil improvement and grain production without displacing other crops.

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  1. January 2021
  2. February 2021

  3. March 2021
    Strong early spring stands.
  4. April 2021
    Strong CoverCress stands, setting seed pods
  5. May 2021
    Another successful CoverCress Field Day!

    Drone video-
         Lush fields preparing for dry down and harvest in Arenzville IL

    Our very own Mark Messmer discusses this year's CoverCress Crop

    Mt. Pulaski Spring Field Day
  6. June 2021

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  9. September 2021
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  12. December 2021

  13. January 2018

  14. February 2018

  15. March 2018

  16. April 2018
    CoverCress research fields, April 2018 video
  17. May 2018
  18. June 2018

  19. July 2018

  20. August 2018

  21. September 2018
    CoverCress is planted by aerial seeding into standing corn in September.
  22. October 2018
    In October, CoverCress seeds have germinated
    and young seedlings are efficiently making their way through no-tilled soil.
  23. November 2018
    Seedlings develop into compact rosettes with fibrous roots and continue growing until soil temperatures drop in winter.
  24. December 2018

  25. January 2019
    CoverCress rosettes are resilient to low temperatures, overwintering during cold seasons.
  26. February 2019

  27. March 2019
    As temperatures increase, CoverCress continues to grow, developing a central stem and multiple branches originating from the base of the plant.
  28. April 2019
    Follow the Crop -
         Early flowering video

    CoverCress fields -
         Early maturing video

    CoverCress fields -
         Aerial view video
  29. May 2019
    It is Harvest Time!
  30. June 2019

  31. July 2019

  32. August 2019

  33. September 2019
    CoverCress is planted over harvested corn using broadcast seed and standard tillage practices.
  34. October 2019

  35. November 2019

  36. December 2019

  37. January 2020
  38. February 2020

  39. March 2020
    CoverCress experimental field “waking up” from winter in Illinois!
  40. April 2020
    Crop in full bloom!
  41. May 2020
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  43. July 2020

  44. August 2020

  45. September 2020
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  47. November 2020

  48. December 2020

 

 

CoverCress Protects and Enriches the Soil

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CoverCress is the Cash Cover Crop

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  • Productive oilseed matures in time for full season soybean planting.
  • Impressive roots prevent erosion and improve soil health.
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  • High oil content and quality makes it a good product for food and biofuels.
  • Meal is high protein supplement.
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