A lot to consider when selecting the right cover crop species
There’s a lot that goes into determining what species of cover crops work best on individual farms.
Tricia Verville with the Soil Health Partnership says farmers should consider how the crop fits into their operation.
“Herbicide and crop rotation, what your equipment is like, how you’re going to seed it in, (and) if you need that extra diversity.”
She tells Brownfield location really matters when selecting the best plant species.
“What types you can actually put in there, what grows in your territory. Do you want something that’s going to die overwinter, or that’s going to stay green through the spring?”
Verville recommends learning as much as possible about what cover crops are available, and then aligning that information with the goals of the farm.