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No-till Crop Production Using a Kura Clover Living Mulch System
Unformatted Document Text:  NRCS AG-8B05-A-6-35 GRANT AGREEMENT Between the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE And COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY No-Till Crop Production Using a Kura Clover Living Mulch System BIANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT For the Period June 27, 2006 to September 30, 2007 IntroductionThis biannual report addresses progress in the deliverable items that Colorado State University agrees to perform per Agreement AG-8B05-A-6-35. This is the initial progress report that covers the period from project inception to September 30, 2007. It has been updated as of December 18, 2007 for submission to the Soil and Water Conservation Society meeting. The agreement period extends through September 30, 2008. This is a state component CIG for Colorado. Deliverables1. Technical reports and web site postings that summarize findings from this project. 2. Extension Fact Sheet(s) describing the use and benefits of this cropping practice. 3. PowerPoint presentation to be used at various producer-oriented workshops/seminars. 4. Field days/tours. 5. Summary of producer interest in this cropping practice from surveys handed out at workshops, seminars and field days. Work Performed During the Previous Reporting PeriodKura clover plots were seeded in May 2007 at the Fort Collins (ARDEC) site as well as the 2 producer sites. Stand evaluations in August revealed only minimal establishment of the kura clover at all 3 sites. Kura clover has low seedling vigor which makes it difficult to establish. Next spring (2008), these sites will need to be reseeded. In an effort to improve establishment success, we plan on seeding a mixture of red, white, and kura clover. Preliminary results from the Fruita location indicate that this may be a more viable approach than seeding kura clover alone. Red and white clover are quicker to establish which not only provides immediate ground cover for erosion and weed control, but also acts as a cover crop to aid in establishment of the kura clover. Since kura clover is rhizomatous, it will spread over time as the shorter lived red and white clovers begin to die out. 1

Authors: Brummer, Joe., Hansen, Neil. and Pearson, Calvin.
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NRCS AG-8B05-A-6-35
Between the
No-Till Crop Production Using a Kura Clover Living Mulch System
For the Period
June 27, 2006 to September 30, 2007
This biannual report addresses progress in the deliverable items that Colorado State University 
agrees to perform per Agreement AG-8B05-A-6-35.  This is the initial progress report that covers 
the period from project inception to September 30, 2007.  It has been updated as of December 18, 
2007 for submission to the Soil and Water Conservation Society meeting.  The agreement period 
extends through September 30, 2008.  This is a state component CIG for Colorado.
1. Technical reports and web site postings that summarize findings from this project.
2. Extension Fact Sheet(s) describing the use and benefits of this cropping practice.
3. PowerPoint presentation to be used at various producer-oriented workshops/seminars.
4. Field days/tours.
5. Summary of producer interest in this cropping practice from surveys handed out at workshops, 
seminars and field days.
Work Performed During the Previous Reporting Period
Kura clover plots were seeded in May 2007 at the Fort Collins (ARDEC) site as well as the 2 
producer sites.  Stand evaluations in August revealed only minimal establishment of the kura 
clover at all 3 sites.  Kura clover has low seedling vigor which makes it difficult to establish. Next 
spring (2008), these sites will need to be reseeded.  In an effort to improve establishment success, 
we plan on seeding a mixture of red, white, and kura clover.  Preliminary results from the Fruita 
location indicate that this may be a more viable approach than seeding kura clover alone.  Red and 
white clover are quicker to establish which not only provides immediate ground cover for erosion 
and weed control, but also acts as a cover crop to aid in establishment of the kura clover.  Since 
kura clover is rhizomatous, it will spread over time as the shorter lived red and white clovers begin 
to die out.

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