Responses to a recent SARE-funded survey shows famers find cover crops increase corn and soybeans yields, reduce erosion and control weeds, but the number one reason farmers say they plant cover crops is improved soil health.
If you are looking for practical advice for planting cover crops the SARE Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations is a good resource. The guide gives practical advise and research-based tips on cover crop selection. Growers can see overviews of cover crop economics, establishment, soil fertility, rotations, and pest and water management online.
Available as either a free download or in print, Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations can be ordered for use as a handout at conferences, workshops or field days.
Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations is a companion to SARE’s Cover Crop Topic Room, where farmers and agricultural professionals will find a wide range of free cover crop resources, including SARE research, producer profiles, webinars and more.