Cover Crops

Also known as green manure, cover crops are essentially a ground cover used for the benefit of the soil rather than crop yield. Typically grasses or legumes, they are seeded beneath cash crops or directly after a cash crop harvest and grown in the off-season to prepare land for incoming cash crops by essentially becoming a living mulch layer. Cover crops can become a valuable component of a farm’s nutrient management plan.

•    Suppresses weed growth
•    Increases infiltration
•    Prevents soil erosion
•    Improves soil fertility and quality
•    Reduces soil compaction
•    Controls disease by reducing harmful bacteria and fungi in soil
•    Helps control pests
•    Leads to cleaner runoff
•    Contributes to higher yields
•    Promotes biodiversity

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