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Choosing the Right Cover Crop

Whether it’s nitrogen fixing, erosion control or nutrient cycling, no-tillers should know what they want to accomplish before picking a cover.

Cover crops are the turbocharger of a no-till operation, but scientists and growers alike are still researching and fine-tuning how covers fit into crop rotations.

“Nobody is a real expert yet — we’re learning from each other,” says Jim Schneider, an educator for University of Nebraska Extension. “We do know that cover crops can help us accomplish a number of things, but they’re not all created equal. Different species have different benefits. What producers have…

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