Cover Crops: Best Management Practices

Cover crops are grasses, legumes or small grains grown between regular grain crop production periods for the purpose of protecting and improving the soil. Farmers are seeing the value of having a cover crop and more are incorporating them into their row-crop systems. 

Jessica Lavicky
Published: 03/07/2013

Cover Crops: Best Management Practices

Dear Friend,

Cover crops are a hot topic as crop producers look to improve soil quality, combat compaction, eliminate erosion and maximize soil nutrients. Cover crops provide ground cover over the winter to help improve soil quality and increase crop production.

By improving soil quality and rooting of your crop, you get more consistent yields, rather than having large swings from one year to the next.

Take into consideration a couple of key aspects. What cropping systems are compatible with cover crops? Could a percentage of your land be overseeded into standing corn or soybeans? Are you looking to cut feed costs and add a grazing option? Not sure? Then download our free report: Cover Crops: Best Management Practices.

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Thinking About A Cover Crop? Start With Developing A Plan
Taking time this winter to design your cover crop plan will increase the successful establishment of the crop and potentially allow for improved staggering of fall harvest. Fall is a busy time even in a normal year. Harvesting, handling grain, fall fertility and tillage concerns are priorities – . it is tough to get a cover crop established in the fall with a tight schedule.

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What you can find in Cover Crops: Best Management Practices

1. A Natural Way Of Putting Nutrients Back Into The Soil
Cover crops contribute to overall soil health by catching nutrients before they can leach out of the soil, and by putting nitrogen back into the soil.

2. Add Grazing Option And Additional Forage With Cover Crops
Turn livestock out on cover crops in the fall to extend grazing season and reduce the need for stored forages.

3. Plant Cover Crops In A Drought Year? You Bet
Cover crops can help conserve moisture, keep soil covered and provide residue going into the cropping season.

4. Options Abound! What Crop Will You Choose?
Legume cover crops fix nitrogen for later crops. Tillage radishes improve water percolation. What's your choice?

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