The Cover Crop Effect

Green Wheat

The benefits of planting cover crops far outweigh the cost. Yield increases, reduced herbicide use, nitrogen and other nutrient savings, plus reducing soil loss and water quality impairment all contribute to making your farm more sustainable and profitable.

Yields reported by farmers show increases in fields with cover crops. Drought years show even greater production gains when using a cover crop. Note: normal year gains using a cover crop vs drought year gains when compared to not using a cover crop at all.

Cover Crop Effect Graphs

Adapted from - Report of the 2013-14 Cover Crop Survey. Conservation Technology Information Center and the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

Cover Crops