Cover Crops

Feb 2021

The concept of “soil health” has gained traction in recent years. Soil health, also sometimes referred to as soil quality, is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. The definition speaks to the importance of managing soils so they are sustainable for future generations. Cover crops are an important component of soil health. Producers are giving cover crops a fresh look as part of modern sustainable agricultural systems. Keep in mind that cover crops provide several benefits for the soil, crops and the environment. They are not planted for harvest value. Some cover crops are suitable for grazing or haying, but if you plant them for such purposes, then they are forage crops and should be managed as such.