How to Choose a Cover Crop - Modern Farmer

How to Choose a Cover Crop

Planting cover crops now can improve soil quality for your spring planting. Our no-nonsense chart will help you figure out exactly what to put in the ground this fall.

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Why let your fields lie fallow until April when you can take advantage of the coming slow months to improve soil quality?

Though a couple cover crops, like white clover and millet, require spring or mid-summer planting, the vast majority can be sown from seed in the fall, to reduce compaction and suppress weeds. (Here are instructions on how to sow cover crop seeds.) Some will also hold nutrients, add nitrogen, and attract beneficial insects. Choose barley, oats, or wheat, and you’ll even have something saleable to harvest.


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