Cover crops provide agronomic benefits. Research shows they can improve soil characteristics like organic matter content, aggregate stability, nutrient and water holding capacity and more. They can also support weed and pest control. However, incorporating cover crops into an agronomic system presents many challenges and decisions. Soy checkoff investments in research, tools and other resources help farmers manage all aspects of cover crops, from species selection and seeding to termination.
Cover crops are a key component in managing soil health. Farmers, researchers and soybean industry stakeholders discuss the logistics, benefits and challenges to incorporating cover crops into a system.