Using Manually Operated Seeders for Precision C...

Using Manually Operated Seeders for Precision Cover Crop Plantings on the Small Farm

Using Manually Operated Seeders for Precision Cover Crop Plantings on the Small Farm

Growing good cover crops begins with planting the seed uniformly and at the right rate and depth to ensure a good stand. This can be especially challenging for small-scale farms that do not have access to tractor-drawn grain drills, which can cost $6,000 to 8,000 for a 4-foot to 6-foot-wide drill. This Virginia Association for Biological Farming information sheet describes research on using inexpensive (under $100), manually operated seeders to establish consistent cover crop stands.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LS03-149, Enhancing Sustainability of Organic Broccoli Production through Integration of No-Tillage and Farmscaping , and ES06-085, Sustainable Organic No-Till Systems: A Training Program for CES and NRCS Field Professionals .

Product specs
Year: 2006
Length: 5 Pages
Author(s): Mark Schonbeck and Ron Morse
Location: North Central
How to order
Online Version (Free):
Download File (858.75 kB)

Only available online

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.

Stay Informed

Seeking permission to cite SARE? SARE information is developed using federal grant funds and is available for educational, non-commercial uses. Read more.


From the Field