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Cover Crop Overview

crimson cloverUsing cover crops in farming systems is not a new practice. Prior to the development of manufactured fertilizers, cover crops were commonly used to improve soil structure and productivity.

Cover Crop Choices for Michigan(PDF) This bulletin summarizes cover crop information from research and demonstrations conducted at the Michigan State University W.K.Kellogg Biological Station and on farms throughout Michigan.  MSU Extension Bulletin E2884 is also available from the MSU bulletin office.

Controlling Cover Crops This information sheet reviews the effectiveness of herbicides for controlling cover crops in spring and no-till drillfall applications.

Cover Crops Seeding Methods and Equipment Cover crop seed application is as important as commercial seed application and the method used will effect seed germination rate and stand quality. Using equipment that allows accurate application at the correct rate will save money and help ensure sufficient cover.4yr rotation

Michigan Field Crop Ecology - Cover Crops (PDF ~2Mb)  The cover crops chapter reviews key concepts answers questions about cover crops including what cover crops are, how cover crops influence carbon and nitrogen cycles, and others. The complete Publication (E2646) is available from the MSU bulletin office.

Cover Crops and Manure Because cover crop roots and top growth act like a sponge to capture, contain, and reuse manure nutrients, they can be an effective way to retain soil nutrients and reduce fertilizer costs.



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