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Cover crops

Guidelines for cover crops

Cover crops can provide many benefits to a cropping system. They include

  • Improved water infiltration.
  • Reduced soil erosion.
  • Ability to scavenge excess nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • Provide additional nutrients.
  • Utilize excess moisture.
  • Extended grazing season.
  • Improved soil health.
  • Food source for pollinators.

Here you'll find information on what you should consider when choosing to include a cover crop in your production system. 

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