Cover crops are one of the best ways to improve soil health, reduce off-farm inputs and protect natural resources. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials developed out of decades of SARE-funded cover crop research:
Get Inspired: Cover Crop Innovators Series
Watch 10 short videos of innovative Midwestern farmers describing how they have successfully added cover crops to their cash crop rotations. Learn more.
Farmer Survey: Cover Crops Work
For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented that the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans improves cash crop yields. During the fall of 2012, corn yields increased 9.6%when planted after a cover crop, compared to side-by-side fields with no cover crops, and soybean yields improved 11.6% following cover crops. In 2013, corn yields were 3.1% higher and soybean yields increased 4.3% after cover crops. The survey offers a wealth of insights into farmers' experiences with cover crops, including perceived soil health benefits, the rate of adoption, economics and the role of ag retailers. Learn more: