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Cover Crop Display – Discover the Cover!

Cover crops improve soil health. Cover crops are crops grown between two economic crops with the primary aim to protect and improve the soil. Cover crops reduce runoff, build soil organic matter, retain nutrients, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce and alleviate compaction, provide weed control, and improve soil health.

Cover crops can be used for livestock feed which may provide an economic benefit to farmers. This is an important consideration for Pennsylvania farmers. Cover crops can be grazed or harvested as forage, reducing the purchase of imported feed. This results in more nutrients cycled on the farm and reduced nutrient build-up in the soil. Although above-ground growth is removed when the cover crop is harvested, the root system stays in the soil. Root systems have been shown to be more important than surface residue to increase soil organic matter. Overall, using cover crops for feed is considered to be a win-win situation for farmers and the environment.

Learn More About Cover Crops:

Cover Crop Handout (PDF, 364 KB)- Learn about various types of cover crops, including grasses, legumes, brassica, and other forbs.

Discover the Cover Video-