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Date modified30-Nov-16 12:37
Swiss Army Knife_Cover Crop Illustration

Swiss Army Knife_Cover Crop Illustration

Cover crops are like a Swiss Army Knife because of their dynamic utility on the farm. By planting and managing cover crops, farmers can see multiple benefits to their land, including: improved soil health, increased soil organic matter, reduced soil compaction, decreased soil erosion, improved rainfall infiltration, natural weed and pest management, enhanced presence of pollinators and other beneficial insects, better nutrient cycling including the scavenging of residual nitrogen and the provision of additional nitrogen by legume crops such as clover, and economic returns by saving money spent on inputs and increasing crop yields.