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Cover Crops


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August 6  |  crops, Farm, farmers, farms, Research, water conservation  |   Webmaster

Cover crops are tools to keep the soil in place, bolster soil health, improve water quality and reduce pollution from agricultural activities.

  • They include cereals, brassicas, legumes and other broadleaf species, and can be annual or perennial plants. Cover crops can be adapted to fit almost any production system.
  • Popular cover crops include cereal rye, crimson clover and oilseed radish. Familiar small grain crops, like winter wheat and barley, can also be adapted for use as cover crops.

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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.

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 increases resilience in the face of erratic and increasingly intensive rainfall, as well as under drought conditions. Cover crops help when it doesn’t rain, they help when it rains, and they help when it pours!

 

Cover Crops at Work

Please see the attached informative pdf documents and visit their website.

Increasing Soil Organic Matter

Prevent Erosion

Improve Soil Conditions and Prevent Pollution

Sustainable Crop Rotations

Keeping Nutrients Out of_Waterways

Discover the Cover (case study)

 

Learn more at www.sare.org/cover-crops

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