Grant funds cover crop study

WINNSBORO, LA - The LSU AgCenter will serve as the lead agency in a study of the impact of cool-season cover crops on annual forage production and soil health in hay and pastures.

The joint research effort with Mississippi State University is funded by a $400,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Food Research Initiative program. It is one of 54 grants totaling more than $17.7 million for plant research to help optimize crop production, mitigate disease and increase yield.

The three-year grant will support research projects at three locations: two in Louisiana at the AgCenter Central Research Station in East Baton Rouge Parish and the Hill Farm Research Station in Claiborne Parish, and one at the Frank T. Withers Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, Mississippi. 

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