Cover crops are the focus of a workshop the North Dakota State University Extension Service is co-sponsoring March 28 in Bismarck.

"Cover Crops: The Science Behind the Numbers" will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Burleigh County Extension office.

Workshop topics are beef production and annual forages, the agronomic and economic value of cover crops for late-season grazing in the central and eastern Dakotas, crop response after cover crops, soil fertility and cover crops, a report on the Southwest North Dakota Soil Health Demonstration Project, challenges of growing cover crops in dryland farming systems in southwestern North Dakota, cover crop impact on corn productivity and soil health in no-till production, interseeding cover crops into corn, bio strip till at the Conservation Cropping Systems Project and an update on northwestern North Dakota cover crops.

Speakers include NDSU and South Dakota State University researchers, NDSU Extension specialists, and Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil Conservation District representatives.

Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free of charge, but anyone wanting to attend should register by contacting Linda Schuster at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center at
(701) 652-2951 or linda.schuster@ndsu.edu.

Pulse USA and Agassiz Seed also are sponsoring the workshop.