Cover Crops in Soybean Rotations

Cover Crops in Soybean Rotations

Integrating Cover Crops in Soybean Rotations Publication

Challenges and Recommendations for the North Central Region

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. Our goal is to answer the question: “What do we know about using cover crops in soybean rotations?”

Interest in cover crops has increased greatly, as increasing numbers of meetings, workshops and field days about the topic can attest. In 2012, the National Agricultural Statistics Service included cover crops in its census and reported that U.S. farmers planted 10.3 million acres of cover crops in 2012—in the same year, farmers in the North Central Region (NCR) planted 4.5 million acres of cover crops. Cover crops represent 3.6 percent of total NCR cropland, so they have a long way to go before becoming common and accepted before or after soybeans (or in general).

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for NCR soybean farmers interested in cover crop rotations, there are many options that may provide benefits and improve profits. This publication will help soybean producers explore the many cover crop choices available to them and minimize the challenges they face when adding cover crops to a soybean rotation.

Product specs
Format: Manuals/Guides
Year: 2015
Length: 30 Pages
Author(s): Midwest Cover Crops Council
Location: Indiana | Iowa | Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | North Central | Ohio | South Dakota | Wisconsin
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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.