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Fact Sheet Cover Crop Questions to Consider

Fact Sheet

Cover Crop Questions to Consider

Once you have selected the cover crop, or mix, prior to seed purchase, here are some questions that
you can ask to ensure a smoother experience with cover crops.

  • Will the selected cover crop species act as a host in pest cycles in adjacent crops, as well as for
    the next crop in the rotation?
  • How will I seed the cover crop?
  • What were the previous crop herbicides and will they affect the cover crop(s) I want to plant?
  • What will soil temperature and moisture conditions be like?
  • What weather extremes and field traffic must it tolerate?
  • Will it winterkill in my area?
  • Should it winterkill, to meet my goals?
  • What kind of regrowth can I expect?

Thinking through the answer to these questions can help avoid some of the pitfalls that can
accompany first time cover crop producers.
 

June 2012

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