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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.
- Benefits of cover crops
- Considerations for choosing a cover crop (i.e. crop rotation, harvest timing, overwintering, etc.)
Minnesota cover crop recipes
These recipes provide step-by-step guidance to some of the lowest-risk starting points for cover crops. They don’t cover the whole spectrum of possibilities, but they can help beginners get most pieces in place to incorporate cover crops into a farm operation.
- Recommended planting dates and seeding rates for cover crops
- Comparison of cover crop benefits by crop
- How and when fallow syndrome occurs
- How it affects crops
- How cover crops can help
- How to manage fallow syndrome
Midwest cover crops (available for purchase)
New cover crop opportunities
Research summary: Interseeding cover crops into V7 corn using several species and planting techniques
Potential for interseeding cover crops into corn
Managing cover crops to reduce competition with corn
Optimum seeding time
Residual herbicides can impact cover crop establishment and growth
Considerations for grazing or harvesting cover crop for forage
Cover crop sensitivity to herbicide carryo
Guidance on mechanical and chemical termination, including carbon-to-nitrogen ratios of common crops.
Factors affecting residue.
Pest management tips.
How to time spring termination for cash crop planting.