Selecting Cover Crop… | Cover Crops | Agriculture

By Kacey Birchmier 

Cover crops mimic a workout regimen that benefits your entire body. Likewise, cover crops provide an overall soil benefit.But would you only do lunges and wonder why your arms aren’t gaining muscle mass? Cover crops work the same way. If you choose a nutrient scavenger, you shouldn’t wonder why you aren’t making improvements on soil compaction. “Cover crops are able to capitalize on solar energy during the months when we aren’t growing anything,” says Barry Fisher, an Indiana soil health specialist at USDA-NRCS. “They convert that solar energy with photosynthesis and replace carbon and organic matter back in the soil at times when it would otherwise be losing organic matter – not capitalizing on that solar energy.”

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