The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction podcast is produced by the University of Illinois Extension. Tune in to Episode 34, “Taking Flight with Cover Crops as Bird Habitat.”
Think cover crops are for the birds? You would be correct! This episode features Dr. Michael Ward, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois; Rich Kirchenfaut, a farmer from Ford County; and Brodie Dunn, a graduate student at the University of Illinois. The guests discuss the value of cover crops to migratory birds and integrated pest management, current research of the impact of cover crops on birds, as well as the benefits and challenges of focusing on cover crops as bird habitat from the researcher and farmer perspective.
As always, all of the episodes can be found here: https://will.illinois.edu/agriculture/note/50107