This page includes free resources educators and farmers can use in outreach and educational activities related to cover crops. Available resources include a database of cover crop images, ready-made PowerPoint presentations on cover crop topics, and soil health illustrations.
Cover Crop Image Library
The SARE Cover Crop Image Library is hosted externally on Zenfolio.com.
Visit now: https://CoverCropImages.SARE.org. (opens in a new browser tab)
The photos in this database are provided for free to educators for use in non-commercial agriculture and conservation work, provided that proper attribution is used (see below). It is particularly our hope that these visuals will help support more use of cover crops as farmers and landowners seek to improve soil health. If you are interested in the commercial use of these images (such as advertisements or paid products), please contact SARE for permission.
Cover crop image galleries include air seeders, aerials, equipment, Midwest, Maryland, people, radish, Pennsylvania, rye, vetch, triticale, crop residue, clover, mixed plantings, BARC research and Pacific Northwest.
Cover Crop Presentations
Five complete PowerPoint presentations are available for use by educators and farmers for outreach and educational purposes. Slides may be used individually, as an entire set, or modified for educational use. Download now:
A General Overview of Opportunities with Cover Crops (full version – 57.09 MB)
A General Overview of Opportunities with Cover Crops (short version – 26.08 MB)
An Introduction to Cover Crop Economics (14.14 MB)
Tips for Selecting Cover Crops (18.21 MB)
Cover Crops and Water Quality (15 MB)
Soil Health Illustrations
The SARE Cover Crop Image Library includes a soil health gallery with high-resolution illustrations. In addition, the illustrations are compiled in a set of 20 PowerPoint slides for use in presentations. Explanatory notes are included with each slide and image captions.Soil Health Illustrations.pptx 44.17 MB
The cover crop photos in this database were compiled by Remsberg Inc. under a contract with the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Most of the photos were shot by Edwin Remsberg, a professional photographer, but some were contributed by other photographers and are noted as such.
The soil health illustrations were created by Carlyn Iverson.
When using any of these photos or illustrations, whether in presentations, posters or print materials, please credit the relevant photographer and also the USDA-SARE program. You can credit SARE simply in a text tag line with the photographer’s name, such as “Photo credit: Edwin Remsberg and USDA-SARE.”
These resources are available through the support of the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
Table of Contents
- Cover Crops: Selection and Management
- Cover Crops: Economics
- Cover Crops: Ecosystem Services from Cover Crops
- 10 Ways Cover Crops Enhance Soil Health
- Cover Crops at Work: Covering the Soil to Prevent Erosion
- Cover Crops at Work: Increasing Infiltration
- Cover Crops at Work: Keeping Nutrients Out of Waterways
- Cover Crops at Work: Increasing Soil Organic Matter
- Cover Crops and Carbon Sequestration
- Cover Crops Improve Soil Conditions and Prevent Pollution
- Impact of Cover Crops on Natural Enemies and Pests
- Cover Crop Impacts on Soil Invertebrates
- Cover Crop Impacts on Pollinators
- Cover Crop Effects on Deer and Other Mammalian Wildlife
- Cover Crop Effects on Songbirds and Game Birds
- Cover Crops: Environmental Impacts
- Cover Crops: Establishment
- Cover Crops: Crop Rotations
- Cover Crops: Soil and Fertility Management
- Cover Crops: Water Management
- Cover Crops: Pest Management
- Cover Crops: No-till
- Cover Crops: Miscellaneous Topics
- National Cover Crop Surveys
- Library of Images, Illustrations and Presentations
- Cover Crops: Additional Resources