Cover crops have grown in popularity over the last several years, and they will (undoubtedly) continue to grow in popularity. Why do people consider cover crops? What are the benefits? A few key benefits come to mind when discussing the subject of cover crops.
Cover Crop Resource Guide http://crops.missouri.edu/covercrops/
|Kevin Burrus, of Burrus Seed Farms shares his experience with cover crops.|
“Covers have been a nice fit for our seed corn rotation, due to early harvest of the seed corn, which allows for timing planting of the cover, we are realizing the full benefit of cover crops. Less residue with shorter stature inbred corn plants has been a challenge for soil tilth and erosion control, and covers have fixed both of those issues. The other benefits we have noticed are weed suppression and capturing residual nitrogen. All of these beneftis take management, and we have learned some of cover crop lessons the hard way. I feel like net, they have been a benefit, but understand they carry risks as well.” - Kevin Burrus