Cover Crops Work


Cover crops are a rapidly expanding conservation approach that adds living plant cover to fields during parts of the year when no cash crop, such as corn or soybeans, is being grown. Many different cover crops are being used, such as cereal rye, clovers, vetches, radishes, and many other plant species, some of which will over winter and others which just grow for a season, such as fall or spring. The 2012 Ag Census report indicates 10.3 million acres of cover crops were planted in 2012, and acreage of cover crops is on the rise as farmers work to improve soil health, prevent erosion, protect water quality, and achieve other production and environmental goals.




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