Cover Crops in Small Grain

In agriculture, cover crops are plants that are planted to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of being harvested. Cover crops manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife in an agroecosystem—an ecological system managed and shaped by humans. Cover crops may be an off-season crop planted after harvesting the cash crop. They may grow over winter.

Benefits[edit | edit source]

Cover crops offer many benefits, including:

These benefits accumulate over time. Through sustained use in a farming context, they help to reduce costs and improve output, thus increasing profits. By increasing the health of soil and crops, they aid the environmental sustainability and financial sustainability of the farm.

See also[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 2nd Edition - Download this 212 page book free as a PDF file.

"Managing Cover Crops Profitably" explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the use of cover crops to sustain cropping systems and build soil.

http://www.sare.org/publications/covercrops.htm

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Keywords land degradation gallery
Authors Chris Watkins, Eric Blazek
Published 2006
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