Cover Crop

Cover crops include grasses, legumes, and forbs, established for seasonal cover and other conservation purposes.

PURPOSES

  • Reduce erosion from wind and water
  • Increase soil organic matter content
  • Capture and recycle or redistribute nutrients in the soil profile
  • Promote biological nitrogen fixation and reduce energy use
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Suppress weeds
  • Manage soil structure
  • Minimize and reduce soil compaction
  • Reduce pest pressure
  • Encourage Pollination