Cover Crops

Small Grain Cover Crops for Corn and Soybean

Authors: Jeremy Singer, Tom Kaspar, Palle Pedersen, ISU
Learn about species selection, management, and pros and cons of cover crops including oats, rye, and wheat.

Cereal Rye for Cover Cropping in Organic Farming

Taken from “Managing Cover Crops Profitably
Rye is the best cool-season cereal cover for absorbing unused soil N. It has no taproot, but rye’s quick-growing, fibrous root system can take up and hold as much as 100 lb N/ac until spring.

Attitudes Toward Cover Crops in Iowa: Benefits and Barriers

Authors: J. Gordon Arbuckle, Jr., and John Ferrell, Iowa State University Extension PMR 1010
To learn more about farmer opinions regarding cover crops, the 2010 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll included a series of questions about the potential environmental and agronomic benefits of cover crops, barriers to and benefits of cover crop use, and interest in learning more about them. This report presents the results of analysis of those data.

Conversations from the Field Interview with Jeff Moyer - Rodale Institute

NCAT agriculture specialist Andy Pressman talked with Jeff Moyer about reduced and no-till practices and the invention of the cover crop roller at TRI.

Cover Crops Frequently Asked Questions

Authors: ILF staff, USDA/ ARS research agronomists Jeremy Singer and Tom Kaspar from the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE) and Sarah Carlson, Research and Policy Director with Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Document contains frequently asked questions about cover crop best management practices.

No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover Crops

Author: Susan Tallman-NCAT Agronomist
Converting marginal cropland to grazing land can be accomplished by planting several years of a diverse cover crop mixture containing legumes, root crops, and more. For Ken Miller of Mandan, North Dakota, a cover crop cocktail helps break up the old plow layer, increase nutrient cycling, and improve productivity.

Organic Production: Standards to Support Organic Growers: Cover Crops

Author: USDA-NRCS. April 2010
Compares NRCS and NOP practice standards for cover crops, and provides considerations when developing a strategy to include cover crops in your organic management system.

Cover Crops for Prevented Planting Acres

Authors: Eileen Kladivko, Agronomy Dept., Purdue University and Barry Fisher, Indiana NRCS-Created: June 2011
This article briefly describes the benefits of growing cover crops compared to leaving the soil bare or fallow, and provides guidance on selecting and seeding cover crops for prevented planting acres.

Plant Disease Suppression by Single vs. Mixed Species Cover Crops

Authors: Sun-Jeong Park and contributors from Ohio State University
This article reviews the effects of different cover crops on plant disease control based on results from field trials. The effects of using single versus mixed species cover crops is described with different plant disease control mechanisms involved with each type.

Plant and Manage Cover Crops for Maximum Weed Suppression

Author: Mark Schonbeck, Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Following are some tips for avoiding the pitfalls and maximizing your chances for
success with growing cover crops.

Termination Time for Cover Crops

Author: Jason Johnson, Public Affairs Specialist
Information regarding how to plan for cover crop termination.

CropLife Media Group Webinar Q&A: “Dealing With Drought: Securing Nitrogen With Cover Crops

This document contains questions and answers from a webinarabout different cover crops and their relation to nitrogen additions.

Intercropping Winter Cereal Grains and Red Clover

Authors: L. Gibson, J. Singer, S Barnhart and B. Blaser
Research by Iowa State University and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Soil Tilth Laboratory indicates intercropping of winter cereal grains, such as wheat and triticale, with red clover is a promising option for producers wanting to expand their crop rotation.

Cover Crop Choices Following Winter Wheat

Authors: Paul Gross, Christina Curell, Dale Mutch-MSU
Choosing the right cover crop species following winter wheat will depend on what benefits you would like, what species will work in your farming system, and how you plan on managing the cover crop. This article contains a list of recommended cover crop species following winter wheat and management considerations.

No-till Drilling Cover Crops After Wheat Harvest and their Influence on Next Season’s Corn

Authors: Dale R. Mutch and Kurt D.Thelen, MSU
A Michigan State University study comparing four cover crops

Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Quality

Author: James J. Hoorman-Ohio State Unviersity
This fact sheet highlights the physical, chemical, biological, and economic benefits of using cover crops in a sustainable cropping system.

Winter Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yields: Year 4

Practical Farmers of Iowa

This article describes studies in Iowa to find out if a cover crop impairs succeeding cash crops.

Short Cover Crops Put Down Deep Roots

Author: Dave Robison
A cover crop and forage agronomist in the Midwest region discusses measurements of roots belonging to different types of cover crops. (Full website called “Plant Cover Crops” is within this article.)

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farm Internship Curriculum and Handbook

Introduces various types of cover crops and their specific applications. It also identifies various benefits of cover crop application.

Overview of Cover Crops and Green Manures

Author: Preston Sullivan
Digital Price: $1.95
Print Price: $4.95

This publication summarizes the principal uses and benefits of cover crops and green manures. Brief descriptions and examples are provided for: winter cover crops; summer green manures; living mulches; catch crops; and some forage crops.