A resurging interest in cover crops raises a new set of practical questions from farmers looking to improve soil health with “green manure.”

Cover Crops: A Tool in Agricultural Production

There are many variables to consider when deciding if cover crops fit into a cropping system. For the purposes of this article, a cover crop is defined as a crop grown between cash crops with the primary intent of noncash benefits, such as soil heath, erosion control, weed suppression, etc. Following are three topic areas relative to cover crops that are discussed frequently among Noble Research Institute consultants.