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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide

item Fisher, Barry
item Gerber, Corey
item Johnson, Keith
item Kladivko, Eileen
item Nice, Glenn
item Robison, Dave
item Kaspar, Thomas - Tom
item Ackroyd, Victoria
item Baas, Dean
item Bird, George
item Brainard, Dan
item Goldy, Ron
item Harrigan, Tim
item Hausbeck, Mary
item Mutch, Dale
item Ngouajio, Mathieu
item Renner, Karen
item Sprague, Christy
item Taylor, Erin
item Hoorman, James
item Islam, Rafiq
item Petrosino, Justin
item Reeder, Randall
item Sundermeier, Alan
item Young, Curtis
item Brown, Chris
item Callow, Kristen
item Celetti, Michael
item Robinson, Darren
item Tenuta, Albert
item Van Eerd, Laura
item Verhallen, Anne
item Albrecht, Ken

Submitted to: Experiment Station Bulletins
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/4/2012
Publication Date: 3/6/2012
Citation: Fisher, B., Gerber, C., Johnson, K., Kladivko, E., Nice, G., Robison, D., Kaspar, T.C., Ackroyd, V.J., Baas, D.G., Bird, G.W., Brainard, D.C., Goldy, R.G., Harrigan, T.M., Hausbeck, M.K., Mutch, D.R., Ngouajio, M., Renner, K., Sprague, C., Taylor, E., Hoorman, J.J., Islam, R., Petrosino, J., Reeder, R., Sundermeier, A., Young, C., Brown, C., Callow, K., Celetti, M., Robinson, D., Tenuta, A., Van Eerd, L., Verhallen, A., Albrecht, K. 2012. Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. p. 136. Available:

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Producers who want to prevent soil erosion, improve nutrient cycling, sustain their soils, and protect/maintain the environment have been returning to a very old practice: planting cover crops. Cover crops are effective tools for reducing soil erosion and increasing nutrient recycling on farmlands, which can decrease the soil and nutrient loads that enter lakes and waterways. Cover crops also can improve soil quality, pest management, fertility management, water availability, landscape diversification, and wildlife habitat. Although farmers have been using cover crops for centuries, today’s producers grew up in a generation that has little experience with them. As they rediscover the role that cover crops can play in sustainable farming systems, many growers lack the experience and information to take advantage of all the potential benefits cover crops can offer. That inexperience can lead to costly mistakes. This guide will help farmers effectively select, grow, and use cover crops in their farming systems. While this guide isn’t the final word on cover crops, it is meant to be a useful reference.

Last Modified: 10/18/2017
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