Cover Crops: Water Management

Cover Crops: Water Management

Cover Crops: Water Management

Because they improve infiltration and blanket the soil, cover crops have been shown to preserve, not deplete, soil moisture for following cash crops.

The Science of Soil Health: Cover Crops and Moisture

No cropping system is drought proof, but there are things farmers can do to mitigate the effects of a dry year. North Carolina State University's Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton discusses how cover crops affect water dynamics through the life-cycle of the cash crop.


For more information, see the related SARE grant LS12-247, CEFS Long-Term Systems Research: Providing the building blocks of resilient food production systems.

Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches


This bulletin outlines the new challenges that changing weather patterns pose in agriculture throughout the United States, and what you can do to make your farm more resilient.

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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.

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 Dryland Cropping Systems


Southeastern Utah Farmer Interview: Steve Barry

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.

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Year: 2015
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Farmers Say Cover Crops Work

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From increasing yield to improving soil health, find out why farmers use cover crops. For four 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)

2015-2016 Survey: Summary and report (PDF)

2016-2017 Survey: Summary and report (PDF)

Building Soils for Better Crops, 3rd Edition

Type: Book

Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color.

Published: 2010
Pages: 294

Online Version: Free

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Cover Crop Innovators Series

Watch short videos of innovative farmers from across the country describing how they have successfully added cover crops to their cash crop rotations. Learn more.