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Rye cover crop

Cover Crops in South Dakota

Soil Health Principle #4: Keep a living root!

Resources and information for cover crops in South Dakota

Cover Crop Selection

Cover crops provide seasonal vegetative cover on cropland resulting in many possible conservation benefits. Choices range from single species to diverse mixtures. Selecting cover crop species adapted to the production rotation, resource concerns present, and landowner goals is crucial for successful adoption of the cover crop practice.

Cover Crop Management

Cover crops can be managed to meet many different producer objectives. Whether added to promote soil health or used for grazing, proper termination and utilization are essential cover crop management strategies.