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Plant Tools and Data Overview

The Plant Materials Program and PLANTS Database Tools and Data

  • Planters Selection Key to Conservation Planting Success
     
  • Plant Selection Tools for Revegetation Efforts in the Southeast
     
  • Got Cover Crops?  As more growers in the Northwest become interested in using cover crops to enhance the productivity and profitability of their operations, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) are working to provide the technical information growers need to get the right plant in the right place at the right time. Cover cropping can provide a variety of benefits to an operation, from increased soil organic matter and water holding capacity for drought resilience, to nitrogen production from legumes that can lower fertilizer costs, but maximizing these benefits requires selection of species or varieties that are adapted to the soil and climate conditions of the farm, as well as proper seeding techniques and termination timing.
     
  • Pacific Northwest Cover Crop Selection Tool - This Cover Crop Selection Tool for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington is intended as a guide to help growers and conservation planners select cover crop species adapted to their climate, soils, and the purposes of the cover crop.
     
  • Plant Identification: Tools and Guides - Although plant identification is outside of the Plant Materials Program mission area, we do have documents and guides available that may assist in plant identification.

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.The following links exit to the PLANTS Database or other related USDA Resources

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.Plant Classification

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.PLANTS Database Crop Nutrient Tool

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.PLANTS Database Invasive and Noxious Weeds Search Tool

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.Wetlands Indicator Status

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: The new Plant Hardiness Zone Map was updated in 2012 by the Agricultural
Research Service in Washington, D.C. and Ames, Iowa, reflecting northward warming trends, and provides
important guidelines for all growers. The plant hardiness zone designations are one of the components USDA
Risk Management uses in setting crop insurance standards.

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.USDA Regional Climate Hubs: USDA’s regional hubs will deliver information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability. The Hubs will build capacity within USDA to provide information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales.

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.USDA Carbon Management Evaluation Tool (COMET-FARM) to help producers calculate how much carbon their land's soil and vegetation can remove from the atmosphere.