Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

Cover crops are an indispensable tool. They are planted to slow erosion, improve soil health, enhance water availability, smother weeds, help control pests and diseases, increase biodiversity, and bring a host of other benefits to your farm. Cover crops have also been shown to increase crop yields, break through a plow pan, add organic matter to the soil, prevent leaching of nutrients and attract pollinators. There is a growing body of evidence that shows cover crops improve resilience in the face of erratic and increasingly intensive rainfall, as well as under drought conditions. Cover crops help when it doesn’t rain, they help when it rains, and they help when it pours!

Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations is a companion to the Cover Crop Topic Room, which has a wealth of information you can use whether you are just starting with cover crops, or have some experience growing them. Here we summarize some of it and provide an introduction to many of the benefits of growing cover crops. Visit the web page listed in the Topic Brief with each section for in-depth resources on cover crops.

Visit the Cover Crop Topic Room for an online collection of select, mostly SARE-based resources on cover crops on the following topics:

  • Selection and Management
  • Economics
  • Establishment
  • No-Till
  • Soil and Fertility
  • Management
  • Water Management
  • Pest Management
  • Crop Rotations
  • Miscellaneous
Product specs
Format: Topic Briefs
Year: 2015
Length: 4 Pages
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