Grasses

Annual Rye Grass

Annual Rye Grass

  • Certified genetic purity
  • Very deep-soil building roots
  • Winter hardy
  • Excellent nitrogen scavenging

Cereal Rye Grain

Cereal Rye Grain

  • Great cover to scavenge available N in spring
  • Strong nitrogen scavenger
  • Excellent soil builder and erosion preventer
  • Great for no-till soil loosener and subsoiler
  • Good forage for grazing crop
  • Rapid spring growth
  • Efficient biomass producer

Oats

Oats

  • Winter kills if planted in fall in northern regions
  • Low cost and reliable
  • Good biomass 2-4k lbs in late summer/early fall
  • Great companion crop for legumes
Legumes

Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover

  • Strong nitrogen fixing and high biomass potential
  • Winterkills under cold temperatures
  • Effective weed-suppressing green manure crop
  • Good option for haying or grazing
  • Needs to planted at least 40 days before a killing frost

Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch

  • Strong nitrogen fixing and high biomass potential
  • Great recharging soil during winter by reducing runoff(more water enters the soil profile through pores created by the vetch reside)
  • More cold tolerant than many other legume species used in cover crops
  • Heavy mulch layer provides excellent weed suppression and erosion prevention
  • Slow to establish(seeding with a cereal grain is recommended)
  • Close mowing of disc will take care of the vetch in the spring(Glyphosate does not control)

Red Clover

Red Clover

  • Contributes up to 70-150 pounds of soil nitrogen for the following crop rotation
  • Great nitrogen producer and soil builder
  • Very good erosion preventer and weed fighter
  • Adapts well in many soil types and climates
  • Usually grows well wherever corn grows well

Winter Pea

Winter Pea

  • Strong N fixing and high biomass potential
  • Excellent at suppressing early season weeds
  • N fix will be greater if killing occurs after flowering
  • Mowing in spring will kill winter peas(but needs done before full bloom to prevent reseeding)
Brassicas(Cabbage Family)

Tillage Radish

Tillage Radish

  • Increases yields
  • Scavenges nutrients, especially Nitrogen
  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Suppress weed growth
  • Enhances seed bed
  • Reduces inputs
  • Helps control nematodes

Turnips

Turnips

  • Excellent dual-purpose cover crop
  • Small seed size is conducive to planting
  • Provide good early season weed suppression
  • When fed, turnips need to be combined with other forages(to prevent glucosinolate poisoning)
Broad Leaves

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

  • Extremely rapid growth
  • Excellent for short windows
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Increases P availability
  • Excellent weed suppression
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 21, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announ

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