Cover Crops

WHAT IS A COVER CROP?

 

A cover crop is a plant that is used primarily to slow erosion, improve soil health, enhance water availability, smother weeds, help control pests and diseases, increase biodiversity and bring a host of other benefits to your farm.

 

WHY COVER CROP?

 

Cover crops have also been shown to increase crop yields, break through a plow pan, add organic matter to the soil, improve crop diversity on farms and attract pollinators. There is an increasing body of evidence that growing cover crops increase resilience in the face of erratic and increasingly intensive rainfall, as well as under drought conditions.

 

 

LOCAL COVER CROP RECOMMENDATIONS?

 
  • FOR N SOURCE:
    Red Clover, Hairy Vetch, Berseem Cover, and Sweet Clover
     
  • SOIL BUILDER:
    Annual Ryegrass, Sweet Clover, Sorghum-sundangrass hybrid, and Rye
     

  • EROSION FIGHTER
    Rye, Annual Ryegrass, Subterranean clover, oats
     

  • SUBSOIL LOOSENER
    Sorghum-sundangrass hybrid, Sweet clover, Forage Radish
     

  • WEED FIGHTER
    Sorghum-sundangrass hybrid, Rye, Annual Ryegrass, Buckwheat
     

  • PEST FIGHTER:
    Rye, Sorghum-sundangrass hybrid, Rape

 

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT COVER CROPS?

SARE Cover Crop Guide

Planting Details
by Species

Potential Advantages
by Species

Performance and Roles
by Species

Cover Crop Traits
by Species

Potential Disadvantages 
by Species

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