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Cover Crops can help farmers address a number of issues in fields including reduced soil erosion, nutrient scavenging and nitrogen fixation. Different species provide different benefits. Producers should identify what the goal is they want cover crops to acheive. This will help narrow down the species decision and allow for measurement of success in the future.
The Midwest Cover Crop Council has extensive resources on cover crop management from deciding which covers to use to planting and termination. The selector tool assists in deciding which cover to select based on planting time and management goals. Access the tool at https://mccc.msu.edu/.
Cover Crop Fundamentals Fact Sheet
Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations SARE Publication
Cover Crop Economics SARE Publication
Managing Cover Crops Profitably SARE Publication
Conservation TIllage and Tecnology Conference Presentations
Species Decision Tools
Farmer interview podcasts on using and managing cover crops:
Linda Vernon and Tim Lyden join us to share why they are so passionate about cover crops. Tim discusses his history in using cover, the challenges he’s faced as well has the benefits seen on his farm.
Jack Sommers and Tim McDaniel, farmers in Champaign County, talk about how they got started using cover crops and what it means for their operation today. We talk about equipment, species used and benefits, including the economics of it.
Planting Green at Farm Science Review