Cover Crops: Selection and Management

Cover Crops: Selection and Management

Cover Crops: Selection and Management

Better understand how legumes, grasses, brassicas and other cover crop species can contribute to your operation.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition


Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.

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Crop Rotation on Organic Farms


Crop rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions for conventional or organic crops to improve soil quality and health, and manage pests, diseases, and weeds

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SARE Cover Crops Webinars


As part of the Missouri SARE State Program, Debi Kelly hosted two webinars on Cover Crops in fall 2012. Presenters included Charles Ellis, a Natural Resource Engineer with the Lincoln County University of Missouri Extension Center, and Rich Hoormann, an Agronomy Specialist with Montgomery County University of Missouri Extension Center. 

Cover Crops in Soybean Rotations


If you are a soybean farmer who plants or is thinking about planting cover crops in your rotation, or are a CCA/agronomist who is expanding cover crop services to soybean farmers, this publication has been written for you.

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Dryland Cover Cropping Boosts Yields


Nebraska farmers Keith and Brian Berns found they could use cover crops in dryland farming to increase corn yields, and now are sharing their knowledge.

Cover Crops for All Seasons


This Virginia Association for Biological Farming information sheet provides research-based information on a cover crop “toolbox” from which growers can select cover crops most suited to their regions and production systems.

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Nitrogen Management with Cover Crop Mixtures


Charlie White, of Penn State Extension, presents case studies of how mixtures of different cover crop types performed at supplying nitrogen to a following corn crop and reducing nitrate leaching into the subsoil. Tools to assess nitrogen supplied by cover crops to the next cash crop are also discussed.

New York Cover Crops Decision Tool


This online tool is designed for the soil, climate, cropping practices and seed market in New York and nearby states.

Selecting Cover Crops


This session addressed the relative pros and cons of various cover crop species, including the less common cover crops and cover crops suited to grazing use. 

Annual Cover Crops in Florida Vegetable Systems


Fact sheet series from the University of Florida IFAS Extension on integrating cover crops in vegetable production systems in Florida.

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.

Cover Crop Management and Termination


Planning for proper spring management of your cover crop needs to happen before April. Learn from two experts in the field on a couple different methods for termination.

Video: Integrating Oilseed Radish for Vegetable Growers


In 2013, Iowa State University Assistant Professor, Ajay Nair, received an NCR-SARE Professional Development grant to train agricultural professionals on concepts and application of cover crops in fruit and vegetable production systems. In a video, Nair demonstrates some of the benefits of integrating oilseed radish into vegetable cropping systems. 

Cover Crops in Organic Systems


These documents provide an overview of how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS Cover Crop 340 conservation practice can be implemented on organic operations. Specific reports include Western Region, California, Idaho, and Oregon.

Also, visit SARE's database for reports on these research projects:

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.


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.


Farmers Say Cover Crops Work

SARE-CTIC CC Survey Report Cover

From increasing yield to improving soil health, find out why farmers use cover crops. For three years, SARE and partner organizations have conducted a national survey of farmers on their experiences with cover crops.

2012-2013 Survey: Summary and report (PDF).

2013-2014 Survey: Summary and report (PDF).

2014-2015 Survey: Summary and report (PDF).

Are you an ag educator or farmer interested in sharing the Cover Crop Topic Room at an event? Consider using this one-page flyer (PDF) or the four-page topic brief, Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations.