Cover Crops: Establishment
Timely establishment of cover crops in the late summer and early fall is one of the most critical factors in having success with them.
Selection and Management | Economics | Establishment |
No-Till | Soil and Fertility Management | Water Management |
Pest Management | Crop Rotations | Miscellaneous |
Complete List | Additional Resources
Comparison of Cover Crop Establishment Methods
This research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa presents data about a cover of hairy vetch, tillage radish and rapeseed established in strips by both aerial seeding into standing soybeans and drilling after soybean harvest.
Cover Crops for Soil Health and Nutrient Conservation and Update on the PSU Cover Crop Interseeder
Dr. Sjoerd Duiker presents how cover crops can be used to conserve nutrients over the winter, reduce erosion, and replace nitrogen fertilizer needs in the following crop. Dr. Greg Roth presents an update on the Penn State Cover Crop Interseeder, including results from field trials testing the establishment of different cover crop species when interseeded into standing corn crop.
Using Manually Operated Seeders for Precision Cover Crop Plantings on the Small Farm
This information sheet describes research in Virginia on using inexpensive, manually operated seeders to establish consistent cover crop stands.
Innovative Ways to Seed Cover Crops
This session featured a panel of farmers talking about their experiences with a variety of approaches to seeding and establishing cover crops.
Cover Crops Seed Selection and Planting
Whether you are new to cover crops or an advanced user, hear from two experts on how they chose and seed their cover crops.
Also, visit SARE's database for reports on these research projects:
- Organic No-Till Establishment of Hairy Vetch as a Cover Crop into Hay Sod and Sensitivity to Carbon Amendments (2011, New Hampshire)
- Conserving End-of-Season N with Effective Seeding Dates for Cover Crops Based on Fall Growing Degree Days (2006, Massachusetts)
- Establishing Cover Crops at Time of Corn Planting: Determining Soil and Water Quality Benefits (2001, New York)
- Establishment of Cover Crops in Corn and Soybeans (2000, Pennsylvania)
Dig deeper into cover crops research: SARE has funded hundreds of research and education projects related to cover crops since 1988. This topic room features only a glimpse into SARE's entire portfolio of cover crop research. To discover more, visit SARE's database of projects and conduct full text or advanced keyword searches.