Indiana Cover crops

 

Why Cover Crops

Nutrient Run-Off, Soil Erosion, Wildlife Preservation, Natural Farming Methods, Chemical Application Reduction

All these topics are in the news daily. Radical [not true] environmentalists uses these topics in their attempt to put and end to the agricultural industry we know today. If we are honest there have been some mistakes made in our modern farming methods that have helped fuel their criticism of agriculture. So the question is, How do we begin to answer these problems? One answer is, Cover Crops. While we must be able to give an educated answer to criticism, the most important thing to your operation is your bottom line - your return on investment this is the most important benefit of utilizing cover crops. 

 

Statement From The  Midwest Cover Crops Council

    Cover crops are an effective tool to reduce soil erosion and increase nutrient recycling on farmlands, thereby also decreasing the soil and nutrient loads entering lakes and waterways. Cover crops can have numerous other benefits including improvement of soil quality, pest management, fertility management, water availability, landscape diversification, and wildlife habitat.

Too much of Indiana's cropland is losing too much soil through erosion to maintain its future productivity. To adequately protect our soils resource, the practice of using winter cover crops, such as rye, wheat and hairy vetch, needs to be revived where continuous row crops are grown on the highly erosive soils. Besides the soil conservation benefits, research confirms that cover crops increase crop yields on drouthy and erosive soils. Although some are using winter cover crops effectively, more farmers need to adopt the practice

From "Winter Cover Crops--Their Value and Management" - Purdue University