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Growing cover crops in otherwise fallow fields can prevent erosion, improve soil health, provide forage and help control weeds. The information below can help you make informed decisions on when, where, and how to plant cover crops. We also listed other things to take into consideration when including cover crops in your farming system.

The related articles at the bottom of the page are weekly published short stories on all things cover crops and soil health.

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Cover crop mix (cereal rye and brassicas) in a field on Oct. 12. Last year’s cereal rye residue is still visible.

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