Cover Cropping

Cover crops are a “bio” technology that is underutilized in contemporary U.S. agriculture.  Cover crops can serve many purposes on a farm, including nutrient conservation, soil erosion control, improved water infiltration and quality, reduced weed and pest pressure, increased biodiversity, and better soil quality.  Many plants can be used as cover crops, such as rye, clovers, sudangrass, mustard, buckwheat, and lupine.  They can be grown between cash crops when soil would normally be bare, or integrated into cash crops through relay planting or intercropping.  There is considerable information on cover crops from prior to the 1950s that is applicable today.  In addition, current research and experience with cover crops is opening opportunity for new ideas such as direct seeding grains into cover crops and cover crops for bioremediation of soil-borne diseases.

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